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Benchmark Analysis: Fedora Versus Ubuntu And Windows

Fedora 16 And GNOME Shell: Tested And Reviewed
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The following placing table groups the benchmarks into categories and lists the first-, second-, and third-place finisher of each test.

Benchmark
First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Start And Stop Times
Boot
Ubuntu 11.10
Windows 7
Fedora 16
Shut Down
Fedora 16
Windows 7
Ubuntu 11.10
Hibernate
Fedora 16
Ubuntu 11.10
Windows 7
Wake
Windows 7
Ubuntu 11.10
Fedora 16
File Copy Times
HDD to HDD
Fedora 16
Ubuntu 11.10
Windows 7
HDD to USB
Windows 7
Ubuntu 11.10
Fedora 16
USB to HDD
Ubuntu 11.10
Windows 7
Fedora 16
Archiving
Zip
Windows 7
Fedora 16
Ubuntu 11.10
Un-ZipWindows 7
Ubuntu 11.10
Fedora 16
Tar.gzUbuntu 11.10
Fedora 16
Windows 7
Un-Tar.gzFedora 16
Ubuntu 11.10
Windows 7
Multimedia
Video Transcoding (HandBrake)
Fedora 16
Ubuntu 11.10
Windows 7
Audio Encoding (Lame)
Fedora 16 & Ubuntu 11.10
Windows 7

Image Processing (RawTherapee)
Ubuntu 11.10
Fedora 16
Windows 7
System
CPU & Memory (Geekbench)
Ubuntu 11.10
Fedora 16
Windows 7
CPU: Single-Threaded (POV-Ray)
Windows 7
Ubuntu 11.10
Fedora 16
CPU: Multi-threaded (Blender)
Fedora 16
Ubuntu 11.10
Windows 7
Gaming
AMD
Ubuntu 11.10
Fedora 16
Windows 7
Nvidia
Fedora 16
Windows 7
Ubuntu 11.10


Results

Fedora takes first place in eight out of 19 tests, while Ubuntu wins seven and Windows wins five. Ubuntu 11.10 has the most second-place finishes with nine, followed by Fedora 16 and Windows 7, with five each. Windows falls to last place most often (nine out of nineteen), followed by Fedora with six third-place finishes and Ubuntu with just three.

Analysis

While Fedora 16 shows more wins than Ubuntu 11.10, many of those are practical ties. Therefore Ubuntu 11.10 remains the king of cross-platform performance. However, as with any cross-platform comparison, this relies on the lowest common denominator of what's available for the operating system with the fewest available applications. So, while both Linux distros beat the performance of Windows 7 in our testing, the ages of our games speak volumes about the real state of affairs. Linux has serious potential as a gaming platform, but a shortage of developer support keeps the energy from becoming kinetic.

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