The Phoronix Ubuntu Lucid Lynx benchmarks- what is that really?

“As much as we would have liked to see Ubuntu’s Lucid Lynx handily beat Windows 7, this was not the case, but to some extent the opposite.” That about summarized the conclusion on the *11th* page of an article titled Is Windows 7 actually faster than Ubuntu 10.04? written by the folks over at Phoronix.
I am not against their conclusion whatsoever. What I have a problem with is the way the story is titled. I find it very unfair to title a story this way only to have conducted a series of game tests on the two OS to reach such a conclusion. Would it have been so difficult to title it to reflect the fact that the conclusion is based on a series of tests in a gaming context.
I would be woefully unfair to Windows 7 should I claim Ubuntu 10.04 has more eye candy than the former without making it known afore-hand that I have Compiz running. It should be made clearly known that there is no way Windows 7 can be faster than the Lucid Lynx (yes I am sticking my neck here) in a general purpose context.
Forget all the fancy benchmarks with all those powerful machines that are common only in North America and some parts of Europe. You want to see how fast Windows 7 is as compared to Ubuntu, try installing and running them on a 2Ghz Intel Celeron powered machine with 1GB of RAM. Then you will actually understand which is faster.
Only a minute fraction of both OS users are gamers, so to use gaming as the standard to compare the two OS under such a heading is not so fair and balanced. And to the folks there, please check the banner ads, I could not read some of the paragraphs because the banners had covered them.

8 Replies to “The Phoronix Ubuntu Lucid Lynx benchmarks- what is that really?”

  1. As is stated a few times in that article you reference, the OpenGL benchmarks are just the first of a series of Windows vs. Ubuntu tests at Phoronix and is quite clear that it's just part *one*. There is already file-system benchmarks out today and more are on the way.

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  2. I realise it is impractical but these tests should be run after the OS's have been in use by an ordinary user for a few months as this is a more realistic test. Lets see how fast windows is then. I think we all know.

  3. Hi Mike, I appreciate the fact that this is a series of posts. My argument is that the title should have been made to reflect more the context in which such tests were carried out.

    Hi Satipera, I agree with you. Lets wait for some time and conduct these tests again to see which will be fast.

    Yossarian, I cannot tell and as far as I know, no mention of it was made in the articles being referenced

  4. Well, I just upgraded to my distro version 2010. And you know what ??? Boot in 30 seconds. You heard it ??? 30 seconds. In a celeron M540 at 1.86Ghz. When will winblow$ be like this on this machine ??? Never my friend… And I recommend the folks at Phoronix to perform the test again. But against Slackware or Gentoo or Arch Linux. Now we're talking speed. Ubuntu is slow, and I think, it's not a good benchmark for Linux blazing speed on desktops.

  5. @A

    Dude…stop play hating man. Ubuntu is great for non GNU/Linux geeks like us. Right now is the distro that is hot just like Gentoo and Slackware used to be.

    Also Ubuntu is damn fast on an up to date PC or an old one(at least it has been in my case, 15-18 sec. boot times). Windows XP, Vista or 7 would and could never achieve that period!

    The point here is that the test is unfair; I could care less of the series of test they are running. Phoronix needs to perform these kinds of test on real world PCs which an everyday user would use and then come back and tell us which is the better faster OS. These test are a mockery and it makes me wonder if anyone outside of Phoronix is sponsoring them. These test are total BS and no one should even bother paying attention to them. As an IT administrator I can tell you we use both systems here at our office(Ubuntu/Windows 7) and Ubuntu is a lot faster then Windows 7 hands down. The sad part about it is that Windows 7 PCs specs are far greater then the Ubuntu PCs…yet…lol….lol…

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