Ivor O’Connor

December 20, 2008

New Laptop

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 3:00 pm

I’ve been playing with M$ Vista for a day or so. I’ve got to admit the graphical interface that comes with Vista is hands on superior to anything on Linux. I don’t like it but I have to admit it is much much slicker and responsive. It’s probably the only thing Vista has got going for it. And they’ve chosen to baffle you with their interface to the extent the computer is almost impossible to figure out. For instance I tried to download democracy now segments and then listen to them with the windows media player. I couldn’t figure it out. Too much fancy graphics and words floating by some of which faded in and out at different places on the screen. I tried and got fed up and downloaded winamp which has a standard gui. Even the standard gui looks great with Vista. Everything is responsive too. Unlike Ubuntu which is sometimes unresponsive and cumbersome. For instance you would never think a check box would require a second or so delay before being filled in. However that happens with Ubuntu and probably never with M$.

So this morning when I came across this article I was not surprised. Here they benchmark java running on Ubuntu vs M$. Java on Ubuntu is significantly faster than when run on M$ at everything but displaying stuff. When it comes to displaying things the tables get turned upside down and M$ is the clear winner.

Published on December 18, 2008
Written by Michael Larabel
Well, Java on Ubuntu was pretty much the hands-down winner compared to Microsoft Windows Vista Premium SP1. Running the Java tests on Ubuntu had experienced significant advantages when it came to file encryption
, Fast Fourier Transforms, Successive Over Relaxation, Monte Carlo, and the composite Java SciMark performance. In only the Sunflow test were the results between Ubuntu and Windows even close. With the Java 2D Microbenchmark, Windows was faster but that likely falls on the Intel Linux graphics driver having little in the way of performance optimizations and Java on Linux not yet utilizing the X Render extension.

Comparing Sun’s Java and OpenJDK / IcedTea on Ubuntu had roughly the same performance between the two except for a few areas (FFT and Monte Carlo) where the official JVM was noticeably faster.

These six tests didn’t stress all areas of the Java stack, but it provides a brief look at where the Java performance is between Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista. Also keep in mind that we were using the stock packages available by default in each operating system, which had very slight differences between them. To share your thoughts on Java, stop by the Phoronix Forums.


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