I love Windows 7 but I can’t give up by favorite Linux OSeither. So, I finally decided to do a Performance Benchmark Showdown to decide who gets to rule on my PC. Probably, everyone knows what’s new in both of them.
I’ve thought long and hard about usage comparison, Windows proves out to be higher on ease of use. On the other side I have years of Windows experience and a lot less with Ubuntu but I still can work with both without any trouble.
Bunded software is poor, however, lots of free software are available. But most professional (and popular ones) have to be bought at a cost. (Check Windows 7 review for details)
Comes complete with an excellent array of software that you will use in day-to-day life. Access to, and installing, new software is a snap using synaptics package manager and my favorite. In fact this is the same technology that is used on Jailbroken iPhones Cydiaapp, so you know how easy it is. However, on the bad side, if you are a windows user willing to migrate, you can run most windows apps but not all using Wine.
Both Platforms have good support for Media Formats and more codecs can be added with Ease. Playing FullHD 1080p content on both gives smooth 30fps.
On the whole, Windows 7 offers excellent support for modern hardware right out of the box. You might be out of luck with old hardware
Overall, hardware support is good, and getting better. On really low-end hardware you can substitute Ubuntu for Xubuntu. There are no guarantees. Newer hardware may find incompatibilities.
No matter what we try to compare, everything on both platforms, they are more or less equal. So what could be the distinguishing point? It’s Performance and that’s what we talk about in detail.
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 Ghz @ 1066Mhz FSB
- RAM: 4GB DDR3,
- Graphics: Nvidia GEFORCE GT 230M 512MB (16 stream processors) GPU
This is a great gaming notebook on budget, ideal for Desktop use.
1. Basic Tests- Winner: Ubuntu 9.1
- Installation Time (Trivial)
- Diskspace Used
- Boot Time
- Shutdown time
2. I/O Performance Tests – Winner: Ubuntu
- File Copy from External Drive to Internal 1GB in Size
- Bulk File copy each 10kb in size
- 1GB File Transfer average speed over Ethernet Network 100Mbps
3. Gaming Performance, Winner: Windows 7
- Unreal Tournament (UT) 1280×720
- Call of Duty 4 (COD4) 1280×720
- Need For Speed Most Wanted (NFSMW) 1280×720
Update: Compared Native Unreal Tournament on Ubuntu to the one using Wine, FPS increased by 6-7%, the difference between Win7 & Ubuntu is still significant. Since other games are not available natively, we’ve to compare via Wine.
Direct X11 is Microsoft proprietary and much more mature than any other graphics acceleration standard. Hence, Gaming on Windows will always be superior.