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Ubuntu 10.10 finishes converting ten RAW image test files into 8-bit JPEGs one second faster than 10.04 LTS. It's Lucid Lynx that takes the lead when converting to 16-bit PNG files, though only by a third of a second.
We used the same Blender benchmark as always, but added a four-threaded variant alongside the single-threaded default.
Both releases finish the quad-threaded render in just under a third of the time taken using a single thread. Ubuntu 10.10 is about a tenth of a second ahead of 10.04 LTS in the single-threaded Blender render. Using four threads, the placing is reversed, with the Meerkat a half second behind the Lynx.
Maverick Meerkat finishes the ray tracing benchmark a third of a second faster than Lucid Lynx. In a twelve minute test, these scores are practically a tie.
With the largest difference in multimedia scores, the elder 10.04 LTS finishes converting the test WAV file to MP3 a full eight seconds before the newer 10.10.
Until HandBrake 0.9.4 comes out as a working Linux version (either CLI or GUI), we continue to use HandBrake 0.9.3 in CLI.
The latest release of Ubuntu ties the Long Term Support in the HandBrake benchmark.