Web Browser Grand Prix 2: Running The Linux Circuit

Benchmark Results: Java And Moonlight

GUIMark Java

Firefox wouldn't run the GUIMark Java 5 Swing test. It appeared to begin loading the test, but after more than 20 minutes, no progress was made.

Opera beats Google Chrome in this benchmark, though by a very minor fraction of a frame. Both browsers perform well in this test and the placing remains the same from our Windows 7 results, with the Ubuntu scores just slightly lower.

Encog Silverlight Benchmark

Since there is no Microsoft Silverlight for Linux, we are actually testing the performance of Novell's Moonlight, an open source project that makes use of Silverlight on Unix-like systems. Unfortunately, a cross-browser comparison isn't possible because Mozilla Firefox is the only Web browser to have a Moonlight plug-in.

The current version of Moonlight is actually a few versions of Silverlight behind as well. What the following chart shows is the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight running on Windows 7 versus the the open source implementation of an older version of Silverlight running on Ubuntu 10.04. While that introduces a number of variables, this is also the only way it works right now. The Firefox result on Ubuntu reflects the most up-to-date performance for Silverlight applications running on Linux. We include this benchmark not so much as a performance measurement, but as a litmus test of where we are on the Silverlight front in Linux today. This result obviously will not count in Mozilla's favor in our final results.

In the Encog Silverlight Benchmark, lower is better, and Firefox with Moonlight on Ubuntu earns nearly a full point less than Firefox with Silverlight on Windows.

All of the browsers running in Windows 7 are within less than a half point from each other. Until I can find a real-world killer app for Silverlight 2.x (that works on Linux) to actually demonstrate an improvement, there are just too many factors going on here to include this result in the Windows versus Linux side of the conclusion.

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  • weirdguy99Why not put firefox 4 into the equation?

    micr0beyes i would have loved to have seen the firefox 4 beta with the results. although great article.

    When it's final, I'll test it.
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  • The article that I was waiting for.How the tables have turned!
    Conclusion:Firefox is quite capable in both Linux and Windows.
    I'm using Firefox 4 beta and I find it pretty quick.
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  • yes i would have loved to have seen the firefox 4 beta with the results. although great article.
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  • Interesting how FireFox chose to sacrifice speed for memory.
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  • weirdguy99Why not put firefox 4 into the equation?

    micr0beyes i would have loved to have seen the firefox 4 beta with the results. although great article.

    When it's final, I'll test it.
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  • DamdamanI'll get berated for this I'm sure but will we see an OSX article on browsers as well?

    You are kidding,right?
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  • Opera Turbo feature, is not mentioned here, it can boost speed in real surf. And also when we open a closed tab in Opera it opens them instantly, that's why Opera holds memory for closed, tab.
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  • Opera still can't render pages properly, still can't print content properly, and we waste our time with senseless tests of imperceptible speed.
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  • I dont think anyone using firefox will change to another browser even if it is Faster. I love my firefox :)
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  • Wow, Chrome uses more memory than Crysis on my computer. :lol:
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  • arnwebOpera Turbo feature, is not mentioned here, it can boost speed in real surf. And also when we open a closed tab in Opera it opens them instantly, that's why Opera holds memory for closed, tab.

    Opera Turbo increases page load times on slow connections.On my 2Mbps connection the time in which Opera Turbo connects to its servers is the time in which Google loads in Firefox.
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  • I still don't see a point of this test especially as hardware gets better and better. Computer which runs on SSD or Raid SSD with 20Mb/s Internet Connection don't matter what browser you're on cause you can't see a damn difference.
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  • Then all browsers lie except Opera hehehe, don't blame me, or whatever, that don't change the result: The fast browser in the knowing universe.
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  • I guess the tab recycle bin is responsible for high opera mem usage even after the tabs are closed. however I have not yet found a way to disable it so it gets to normal memory management. however I love the feature, to the mem issue is not that big a deal for me...

    also this is a nitpick, but please do name the article the ubuntu circuit. I do not think the results will be 100% identical on other linux distros.
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  • Gratuliere is probably what you meant...
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  • No. "Gratulerer" is norwegian, so is Opera ;-)
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  • Does Linux even matter? Outside of hippies, does anyone use it?
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  • Looks like if you have a system with less ram FF is your choice browser. But overall it is stomped by Chrome.

    I too am using FF4 beta. It is noticeably faster with page load times than FF3. But I agree about only testing final releases.

    Thanks Adam Overa for including Linux in the Grand Prix.
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  • haplo602 +1
    Correct depends on GCC version installed + lots of other factors and source compile or bin and who / what did the bin on what config.

    With Mozilla now using gcc 4.5.* the 3.6.6 firefox is slower than ie6 in xp.
    Upgraded to 3.5.11 and 3.0.18 on 2 xp boxes I have from 3.6.6 , about to do the same in my linux boxes.

    The gcc 4.5.* optimization issues is bitting hard on Mozilla.

    Firefox 4 beta has same gcc 4.5.* issues = slow.

    Someone at Mozilla will have to source build a complete gcc 4.5.* distro and build it about 3 times over on same code to make sure all is included / properly optimized + pray it is working correctly.

    Arch linux had GCC 4.5.* integrated already so should be a good place for mozilla to start from.

    Can not stand Opera appearance and layout too much vista / win7 feel. Used to love opera way back just after we lost netscape.

    Nice to see Opera coming back in win + lin.
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  • ta152hDoes Linux even matter? Outside of hippies, does anyone use it?


    LOL good question.
    With Win vista annoying so many a lot of people jumped to linux dual boot or just linux. Win7 has caused another major wave of new linux users + recession made allot of people think about $500 for Microsoft office that messes up their old word documents ect and free openoffice / koffice etc. in linux.

    So free properly working office pc operating system + office apps so might as well go linux instead of $1300 to win7 replace 90% of your software and pray it works + then still loose half your data with win7 issues / bugs.

    And you can do this from a live cd or dvd no need to install makes it very attractive. Can also read / write to ntfs hfs+ and other partitions even with vista / win7 locks enabled, makes getting to your data and formating your win7 much easier when vista /win7 constantly fails to works / boot.

    Linux is good not great not excellent but for office use 100 times better than Vista /win7.
    Gaming in linux is still bad or about the same as Vista / win7 so have to dual boot and play game in XP.
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  • @lucideer
    I hear ya, I hear all of ya, promise. This article HAD to match WBGP2 in order to do the comparison - any cool, do-able changes suggested in the comments of WBGP2 and WBGP2:Linux will occur for WBGP3, if humanly possible. They're not useless, I'm sure 4GB is about the average amount for TH readers. Also, we did remove the memory testing and standards testing results from the final speed-only result, we left them in for the overall results. So there are two finals, if you don't like the memory testing, ignore the overall winner and go with the speed king.
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