"While we are just weeks away from delivering the most
comprehensive Mac OS X vs. Windows 7 vs. Linux benchmarks, and
Apple is on the heels of releasing the major Mac OS X 10.6.3 update
(update: well, soon as this article went live, Apple just happened
to push out Mac OS X 10.6.3), for those impatient ones today 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.
"For this testing of the latest Snow Leopard and Lucid Lynx
operating systems we used one of our newer Apple Mac Mini systems
that had an Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 clocked at 2.00GHz, an Apple
Mac-F22C86C8 motherboard with NVIDIA MCP79 Chipset, 1GB of
DDR3-1067MHz system memory, a120GB Fujitsu MHZ2120B SATA HDD, and
NVIDIA GeForce 9400 graphics. Mac OS X 10.6.2 uses the 10.2.0
kernel, X.Org Server 1.4.2-apple45, GCC 4.2.1, and a Journaled HFS+
file-system. With Ubuntu 10.04 LTS not being officially released
for a few weeks we used a daily snapshot from 2010-03-28 with the
Linux 2.6.32-17-generic 64-bit kernel, GNOME 2.29.92, X.Org Server
1.7.6, NVIDIA 195.36.15 graphics driver with OpenGL 3.2.0, GCC
4.4.3, and an EXT4 file-system. Both the Mac OS X and Linux
operating systems were left with their defaults.
"Via the Phoronix Test Suite we ran the following tests: Urban
Terror, OpenArena, Warsow, X-Plane 9, MPlayer, LAME MP3 encoding,
Mencoder, dcraw, 7-Zip compression, Gzip compression,
GraphicsMagick, John The Ripper, MAFFT, PostgreSQL, Sudokut,
Crafty, TSCP, Tachyon, C-Ray, and Bork. Here is our Mac OS X 10.6.2
versus Ubuntu 10.04 benchmark results for now. Stay tuned for our
big arsenal of tests that will include Mac OS X 10.6.3, Microsoft
Windows 7, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, among others."