[rescue] Total corporate madness (

Meelis Roos mroos at linux.ee
Fri Aug 8 00:33:13 CDT 2003

> Depends. I once read a benchmark showing that linux scored about 3/4 as fast
> as Mac OS 8 or 9 on purely cpu oriented benchmarks, but I suppose things have
> changed a lot since. The Apple guys nowadays think GCC rocks for development.

Well, nowadays the compiler is mostly the same and so only low-level OS
features like meory management (TLB-s, software page tables etc)
counts... hard to tell which is the best without testing.

There have been done tests of Macos X 10.1.5 and SuSE Linux with
kernel 2.4.19. Unfortunately the original article in byte.com is now
pay-only and I managed to get only the slashot article:


Spencerian writes "Mac OS X is a very promising new BSD variant, but how
does it rate as a server? Byte.com writer Moshe Bar has made an
extensively balanced performance comparison of Mac OS X Server 10.1.5
versus SuSE Linux PPC with the 2.4.19 kernel. Both operating systems ran
on the same hardware: an Xserve 1U rack mount server from Apple. While
/.ers may guess (correctly) at his results, Mac OS X Server 10.1.5
wasn't as far behind the curve as you might think. Performance might've
been better if Moshe had Mac OS X Server 10.2, with its faster GUI and
other enhancements, but still, it appears that Mac OS X Server 10.1 was
doing pretty good for a 1-year old."

I remember it being 5-20% in favour of Linux on the average. Of course,
both MacOS and Linux have gone a long way since so I don't know how big
the difference is now.

Meelis Roos (mroos at linux.ee)

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