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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Lucid Lynx Benchmarked And Reviewed

Benchmark Results: Games

We used Unreal Tournament 2004 (UT2K4), Doom 3, Prey, and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (ET:QW) as our gaming benchmarks. While these titles may be old, they are some of the newest retail first person shooters to have native support in Linux. We set all four of our games to the highest detail settings with the maximum anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering (AR) values. All games were run at a resolution of 1600x1200 with v-sync disabled.

In UT2K4, we recorded a two minute timedemo in the large, outdoor Tokara Forest level with 15 bots (16 total players).

For Doom 3 we used the timedemo included in the game.

The Prey timedemo (also two minutes) was recorded at a point early in the single-player game containing various enemies, scripted events, portals, and changes to gravity.

The timedemo for ET:QW was recorded in an instant action deathmatch in the Island level with 16 bots, also running for two minutes.

Due to the surprising UNiGiNE results, we re-ran the benchmarks on Lucid with desktop effects disabled. After an initial run to load the level, we performed five iterations and averaged the results to achieve our final FPS scores.

Under default settings, Lucid Lynx was able to pump out a few FPS more than Hardy in the newest game, ET:QW, and the oldest, UT2K4. The Hardy Heron, however, bit back by delivering a few FPS more than Lucid in the other titles.

When we disabled desktop effects on Lucid, the release's gain over Hardy in UT2K4 and ET:QW increased. But Lucid also overtook the elder LTS in Prey, and narrowed the gap in Doom 3 down to mere fractions of a frame per second.

  • My Logitech Wireless Wave keyboard and mouse didn't work with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop x64 on VMWare Workstation 7.01. It works in the beginning with text screen, but once it goes to GUI screen keyboard function is lost. ;_;
  • WheelsOfConfusion
    There's lots of talk on the Phoronix forums about how Ubuntu + nVidia binaries don't play nicely, while some other distros don't have that problem. This was reflected in an Ubuntu vs. Arch bench-off: surprisingly, Arch only really thrashed Ubuntu in the games and everything else was about even. This might be behind those pitiful scores with the game benchmarks.
    Compiz also has a measurable, negative effect on game benches with nVidia, but not so much with ATI hardware/drivers. I'm not surprised that turning off desktop effects changed the game so much.

    What do you think is going on with 7zip, an ext4 issue?
  • jsowoc
    With 10.10 planning btrfs and GnomeShell, it's a sure recepie for tragedy :-). Very nice article.
  • adamovera
    RE: desktop effects - I'll be adding an ATI card to the mix a little earlier than I had intended in order to look at the desktop effects issue. Stay tuned.
    RE: Gaming FPS - The interesting thing is that the actual games didn't have that big of an impact from desktop effects. It was the unigine benchmarks that showed seriously significant drops in frame rates with them enabled.
    RE: 7z - I suppose it could be EXT4, but I believe EXT4 is the reason for the speed gains in all other comp/decomp tests, as well as the copy time tests. Comprehensive filesystem and archiving benchmarks under the same release should tell us whether or not it's an EXT4 issue.
  • apoq
    Why no benchmark against Windows. You yourself said Ubuntu should be aiming to convert Windows users more than Mac users (and I whole heartedly agree with you). I love Ubuntu and I use most of the time, but every time I boot into Windows (7) I am left with the feeling of a way snappier OS. I think this is where Ubuntu is really lacking.
  • killerclick
    Linux still doesn't have the software I need so I can't use it. However I've noticed a sharp decrease in stupid problems in the past three years (prolly thanks to Ubuntu). Currently my favorite distro is Mint but I remain a Windows user mainly because of a lot of software I own and am proficient in.
    As for the latest Ubuntu, why can't they have a bland business-like theme? Are the Phoenix Suns now paying them to use their colors?
  • For your Skype visibility issues, go to Skype settings and change theme to GTK+. Did the trick for me.
  • samspqr
    looks nice, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions, like:
    * will it play 1080p24 H.264 videos smoothly, with GPU acceleration?
    * will it play vimeo/youtube high-res videos smoothly?
    given how good you say it is on the other fronts, I'll give it a try and see for myself (I'm currently on 8.04, so convincing me to spend an afternoon updating my systems is no small feat)
  • zybch
    So, will this year be another "Year of Linux on the Desktop" like its been claiming for the past decade year in year out? Or will it remain a niche OS which people needing to do actual work on 'real' programs can continue to dismiss out of hand?
  • flightmare
    You can set the minimize, close and maximize buttons to the right again in gconf-editor. Browse to apps/metacity/general and edit button_layout to your likings.