Ubuntu 8.10 and Fedora 10 Compared

And the results are at the same time boring and astonishing. I mean, look at this graph:


Never mind the details of the graph. The point is that the two distros, running on an almost identical Linux kernel and using identical desktops and an almost identical X system, are almost identical when run on an identical computer.

Details here if you must know.


  1. #1 george.w
    December 7, 2008

    How would a Windows machine fare in the same test? Both right after build and after 6 months of use?

  2. #2 marko
    December 8, 2008

    I would have expected significant differences depending on the configuration of Compiz and the desktop environment. Sometimes it even matters if you configure the clock in the task bar to have a blinking colon or display seconds; or to scan for online updates, hotspots, Bluetooth devices; or to double-buffer window updates; or to have an xeyes/xsnow clone running; or to tweak power mgmt; sound effects; desktop search; or to have compiled one of the tweaks listed on lesswatts.org (xterm polling, tickless idling etc).

    I am honestly surprised that the two distros are that on par with each other.

  3. #3 clinteas
    December 8, 2008

    I am honestly surprised that the two distros are that on par with each other.

    So am I.But I reckon Fedora would cark it on older systems,or slower processors.

  4. #4 Fargo
    December 8, 2008

    When you try to do apples to apples testing, then you’d have them configured as near the same as possible, otherwise the results are irrelevant. Since the hardware pushing pixels is the same, and they’re using the same driver, and very nearly the same kernel, I’d be more surprised if there was any meaningful variance.