[ubuntu-uk] Application responsiveness, Windows and Ubuntu
christopherrowson at gmail.com
Sun Apr 6 16:00:38 BST 2008
> > Hi there,
> > My little boy likes playing various flash based games from children's
> > websites. I find that in Ubuntu, many of these run pretty badly and as
> > this is all he uses my old laptop for, I decided to put Windows XP
> > back onto it to see the if it would make any difference for him.
> > I've just installed Firefox 3 Beta 5, Flash and a Java runtime
> > environment and seen how it runs.
> > Strangely Firefox runs about twice as fast under Win XP than on Hardy
> > (although Hardy is on a laptop which is twice as powerful). Rendering
> > and application response are greatly improved under Windows and Flash
> > content flys.
> > I'm bamboozled to say the least!
> > Are these particular applications created specifically for Windows
> > then ported to Linux? It's wierd, I've tried this on different
> > hardware and find it to be the case on the machines I've tested.
> > I wondered if anyone else has tried this out or have any reasons why
> > it would be so?
> If you are only talking about when flash pages are open, then yes, I
> notice it too. My CPU is constantly at about 10%.
> This is to be expected, Flash is closed-source after all, and you are
> trusting a company that probably doesn't see its Linux user-base as
> significant as the Windows one.
> Can't wait for Gnash to become a real alternative, until then I use
> Flash as little as possible :)
I suppose that may well be the case. I also see some level of slowness
in sites like Gmail for instance (although I believe this is well
documented). It probably is a case of most application developers
develop for Windows and port to Linux when/if they can be bothered.
I suppose until then I'll have to use Windows for people relying
heavily on Flash/Web apps etc.........
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