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P2PNet: Linux Trumps OS X

May 09, 2006, 18:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jasjeet Sekhon)

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"Linux is found to be much faster than Apple's OS X for statistical computing. And although Linux is 5 to 10 percent faster than Windows XP, both are markedly faster than OS X. For example, in one benchmark both Linux and Windows XP are more than twice as fast as OS X. The results on this page were conducted on a MacBookpro with a 2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo chip and 2GB of RAM.

"I had previous conducted Linux vs. Mac OS X and Windows XP and Opteron vs. G5 and Pentium benchmarks. Those results were terrible for OS X and not particularly good for the G5 (970) chip. For example, my 2.7 pound Pentium-M Linux laptop is faster than my 44 pound G5 running OS X. The floating point performance of the 970 chip leaves much to be desired, but OS X makes the performance problem significantly worse..."

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