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Re: [Phoronix] Ubuntu 9.04 vs. Fedora 11 Performance

Gilboa Davara wrote:
> Might I remind everyone here that Phoronix was the first to offer a
> comprehensive benchmark suite to the OSS world.

On the other hand, they actively hurt Free Software by continuously
providing free advertising for the latest and "greatest" graphics hardware
with only proprietary drivers (at least for OpenGL), of course benchmarked
with the proprietary drivers and touting their features, while focusing
very little on Free drivers. There's the occasional article about Free
drivers, but even those are sometimes mixed articles like "news from ATI"
where it talks partly about the Free drivers and partly about
fglrx/Catalyst, and they regularly contain statements like "While there has
been a lot of great news this week surrounding the open-source ATI graphics
stack on Linux, there is still a fair amount of work left and this work is
not immediately the miracle driver for ATI Radeon customers." which promote
proprietary driver use. And most importantly, there are also few to no
benchmarks with Free drivers. I'd really like comparative benchmarks of
graphics cards using exclusively Free drivers so I can choose the fastest
of those. (I only know of one site doing such a benchmark and they use
glxgears as their "benchmark", so I don't trust their results at all.)

> and no, glxgears is not a benchmark!

Indeed, glxgears really sucks as as a benchmark, Phoronix's benchmark suite
(as imperfect as it is) is definitely more useful.

        Kevin Kofler

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