Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Performance
We have published an extensive set of tests comparing the performance of Mac OS X 10.6.2 against a development build of Ubuntu 10.04. This is our first time exploring how Canonical's Lucid Lynx can compete with Apple's Snow Leopard.
We started by looking at the OpenGL gaming performance between Mac OS X 10.6.2 and Ubuntu 10.04. One of the rumored big areas of improvement for Mac OS X 10.6.3 will be with the graphics drivers, but for now, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS with the latest proprietary Linux driver is outperforming the Cupertino OS. Ubuntu 10.04 was running significantly faster than Mac OS X 10.6.2 when at 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, and 1280 x 1024. Once the resolution was pushed beyond this limit, the results were much closer where at 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1080 the frame-rates were virtually the same.