Ubuntu 8.10 significantly slower than previous versions

Bryce Harrington bryce at canonical.com
Thu Nov 6 18:58:22 UTC 2008

Whoops, I thought you were talking about the recent article about -intel
performance on x45 chips.  But I see you're actually talking about an
earlier article about Ubuntu performance in general:

Note that in that article they looked only at the proprietary -nvidia
driver's performance, and did not find any noteworthy regressions in
that.  So depending on what video driver you're using, it may not have
much relevance to your issue.


On Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 03:58:51PM +0100, mr wrote:
> Hi,
> According to the recent benchmarking article by Phoronix, the previous two
> releases of Ubuntu are significantly slower than Feisty Fawn. In some cases
> this can be seen as up to 50% performance drop with certain desktop tasks.
> I can confirm that this is true in that my girlfriends desktop used to be
> quite capable of playing a 1080p x264 video but since upgrading to gutsy and
> then hardy it has become unwatchable, even mplayer reports that "YOUR
> I think that the reasons behind this reduction in performance across the
> board needs some serious investigation and work done to reverse this trend.
> At the moment I am faced with either running an old distro or upgrading
> hardware.
> Any discussion on this is welcome :)
> Thanks,
> Alan
> Phoronix article:
> http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_bench_2008&num=1

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