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Tuesday, 03 August 2010

Workstation Benchmarks: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux

As I alluded to recently, the second round of Windows 7 vs. Linux benchmarks -- with the first round consisting of Is Windows 7 Actually Faster Than Ubuntu 10.04 and Mac OS X vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu benchmarks -- are currently being done atop a Lenovo ThinkPad W510 notebook that is quite popular with business professionals. With the high-end ThinkPad W510 boasting a dual quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU with Hyper-Threading plus a NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M graphics processor, we began this second round of cross-platform benchmarks by running a set of workstation tests. In this article we are mainly looking at the workstation graphics (via SPECViewPerf) performance along with some CPU/disk tests.

Using this Lenovo ThinkPad notebook, we compared the performance of Windows 7 Professional x64 to that of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (x86_64). On the Windows side there was the NVIDIA 258.96 WHQL driver while on the Linux side the testing was done with the latest 256.35 release. The stock Ubuntu Lucid packages besides NVIDIA's proprietary driver remained with their default versions and configuration. The tests in this article are SPECViewPerf 10.0, IOzone, and OpenSSL. Another article to be published later will offer up the gaming results and more consumer-oriented tests. Testing was done under Windows and Linux using the latest Phoronix Test Suite code from the 2.8 "Torsken" release... Source: Phoronix



# Ubuntu is the best!Paul 2010-08-03 12:52
Congratulations Ubuntu!
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# I use Preemptive kernelJoel 2010-08-03 16:16
Well, try this with Windows...I use an alternative Kernel called the Preempt. It's geared for low latency desktops. Now, if I could figure out the WiFi and Sound problems, I'd compile my own kernel and then I guarantee it would smash Windows hands down. The Preemptive kernel is available through Conical using the Synaptic tool. If I really really wanted to, I could recompile everything on my system and create the fastest system ever. I've done it for Pidgen chat client, Apache web server, Firefox (and removed a lot of garbage), and just a number of other things. Windows can't do that folks.
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# RE: Workstation Benchmarks: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu LinuxSoutherng 2010-08-04 04:57
Maybe the next versus should be ubuntu with compiled software versus ubuntu with deb packages. That would be interesting.
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# RE: Workstation Benchmarks: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu LinuxJoel 2010-08-04 05:21
If you make a customize kernel, the entire computer seems much faster. My custom kernel is about 1/3 or 1/4 the size of the stock kernel. It's amazing. Unfortunately, my wifi and ATI propriety driver stops working after this. Each uses modules and I'm not so good with those yet. :-( If I want to blow Windows out of the water in every speed catagory, I could do it with these customize kernels. Windows can't do this and that is a fact. It never could. I don't think editors realize it. I just wish Ubuntu had a custom kernel application that would make this process fool proof OR I wish I were a better kernel compiling fool. ;-)
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