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Ubuntu 10.10: Maverick Meerkat Benchmarked And Reviewed

Benchmark Results: Boot, Hibernate, Wake, And Shut Down Times

Our new 64-bit test system takes approximately 39 seconds for the BIOS to hand control over to the operating system. While this sounds like a pretty long time, especially for a new rig, keep in mind that the GA-P55A-UD7 has several pieces of logic to initialize and scan (if you're leaving all of its features enabled). Also, the six P55-based SATA 3Gb/s ports that the test hard drives are connected to is set to AHCI mode, further adding to the pre-boot time.

We encountered a few hurdles with hibernation in both OSes this time around. In order for Lucid Lynx to hibernate correctly, the onboard USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s controllers had to be disabled in the BIOS. The USB 3.0 ports were causing our problems, but the SATA chip had to be disabled along with USB 3.0 in order to clear POST. Maverick would not hibernate with these components enabled, either.

Hibernation and wake-up were unreliable on our Maverick Meerkat 64-bit test system, failing about 20% of the time. We ran extra iterations in order to record enough usable results. In order to find out if this was a general issue with Ubuntu 10.10, just the 64-bit edition, or a problem with the motherboard, we tested hibernation on other systems. The 64-bit version of Ubuntu 10.10 has no issues with hibernation or wake on the trusty old Athlon 64 X2 test machine. Hibernate/wake is also nominal in the 32-bit version of Ubuntu 10.10 on the Dell Mini 10v netbook test system, both in Desktop and Netbook Editions. Strangely, UDE 32-bit had no issues on our 64-bit test system either. Case closed, the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 10.10 has issues with hibernate/wake on the test motherboard.

The boot time for Ubuntu 10.10 is only one third of a second slower than 10.04 LTS, with both just under 19 seconds. Hibernation is four seconds slower in Maverick Meerkat than its predecessor, though wake times are a solid eight seconds speedier in the newer version. Shutdown times have also decreased in Ubuntu 10.10, shaving slightly over two seconds off the 10.04 LTS result. Overall, a mix that favors Maverick Meerkat.

  • "With the appearance of Windows 7 on slate devices in perpetual limbo"

    http://www.dailytech.com/HP+Slate+Powered+by+Windows+7+Launches+at+799+is+Business+up+Front/article19953.htm

    http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06a/321957-321957-64295-3841267-3955550-4332585.html

    How is that Limbo? You can buy one right now.
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  • adamovera
    I didn't know they were taking pre-orders yet, though HP Slate doesn't ship until the middle of November. Unfortunately, the HP Slate looks like a really half-hearted attempt. Business product? That pretty much means not to get your hopes up. It should have been out much closer to the iPad, but got pushed back repeatedly. Ever since they bought Palm it seems like their Windows efforts in this form factor will take a backseat until they try to make WebOS work - can't blame them really, WebOS is pretty slick and they paid a lot for it. But I still do want to get my hands on the Slate, but look forward to seeing what they do with WebOS more now.
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  • arkadi
    If we "put all the issues aside", i love allot of things.....Don't get me wrong, i love to play with Linux at home, but at the moment I prefer to use it at work, in the server room ware it belongs (at the moment). Using it at home it just to much of an effort, to many issues, hardware compatibility etc...Hopefully one day...
    Any way Ubuntu came a long way to make it happen....But still few days ago i tried it and few others on a net book, with via chip set and CPU with no luck...
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  • TomSah
    "Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition is also a mess. As a netbook operating system intended for actual people to use in a production environment, I have to say that UNE 10.10 should be avoided. From our experience on the Dell Mini 10v, UNE Meerkat is in no way ready for general consumption. Its many bugs and poor performance are just not acceptable or at all realistic for the average end-user. Loading almost anything on UNE 10.10 was clearly sluggish"

    Wow. Im running 32-bit Maverick UNE on my Asus eee 1000HA and i have to say that i fell in love as soon as it installed! As soon as i disabled the unity interface to get the desktop interface I was away laughing! I havnt had any of the problems you mention, app startup has been great, no crashes/bugs - And this is my first serious attempt at using a Linux distro. I had a lot of fun tweaking everything to my liking and i now feel like I have the perfect OS for me. Its really strange you had bad experiences like that, must be the dell mini haha.
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  • adamovera
    TomSah:
    As soon as i disabled the unity interface to get the desktop interface I was away laughing!
    Well there you go, you got rid of Unity. I don't doubt it works fine now, LOL. I'm using the 10v with 10.10 32-bit Desktop Edition right now and it's absolutely fantastic, one of the best OSes on this thing by far. The track pad is a nightmare, and there's no fixing that, but in 10.10 it's much better than earlier versions. Tap to click is the best in Windows 7, but drag and drop in Ubuntu is much less maddening than Win7.
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  • pinkfloydminnesota
    How come you don't compare the benchmarks to Windows?
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  • randomizer
    Just moving the cursor up and down the launcher shows how slow Unity is. The delay between when the cursor moves over an application to when the application's name pops up gives the impression of playing a game at very low framerates.

    The Ubuntu font looks ok but it's really only usable in menus and window titles (which I think is all it is used for, fortunately). There's no way such a stylised font could be readable for long periods in a document.

    Adam, you should see if any updates fixed the consistently inconsistent HDD to HDD file copy performance.

    9503393 said:
    How come you don't compare the benchmarks to Windows?

    Because Windows is not a Linux distro, and this review is for a Linux distro?
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  • adamovera
    randomizer:
    Adam, you should see if any updates fixed the consistently inconsistent HDD to HDD file copy performance.
    As of 10/22/10, when I re-tested the HDD to USB times, they had not.

    pinkfloydminnesotaHow come you don't compare the benchmarks to Windows?Workin' on it, stayed tuned. But randomizer is right, this is a review of the new Ubuntu release. As a review of the new version of a software product, this type of article isn't the appropriate forum for that comparison.
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  • 64 bit vs. 32 bit? 32 seems much better all round, stability, compatibility etc.. Is there that much speed difference to be worth using 64 bit?
    gvnmcknz
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  • dEAne
    I guess there are lots of things to do to make it good.
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