[ubuntu-uk] Application responsiveness, Windows and Ubuntu

Dave Morley davmor2 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 6 18:38:22 BST 2008


On Sun, 2008-04-06 at 17:21 +0100, Jmaes Edward Grabham wrote:
> Matthew Wild wrote:
> > On Sat, Apr 5, 2008 at 9:56 PM, Chris Rowson
> > <christopherrowson at gmail.com> wrote:
> >   
> >> 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 :)
> >
> > Matthew.
> >
> >   
> Yeah, I cant wait for gnash to gather speed... Im sick of having to 
> force 32bit firefox, just so I can go on youtube!
> 
You don't need to with hardy it installs npwrapper which allows 32bit
apps to run inside 64bit so flash and wine both work.
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