Hell has frozen over

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Mon Jun 6 15:47:58 MDT 2005

I'll be happy to do the fps comparison next time I reboot. My benchmark,
which is heavily influenced by RAM, is FlightGear. Utterly unusable in
OS X, works great in Linux. I don't know what that says for acceleration
other than acceleration is working in linux. I'm quite sure that the
performance difference is entirely because of thrashing.

In OS X, glxgears gives me roughly 1200 fps. If I remember to, I'll
report back on the linux side.

On Mon,  6 Jun 2005 at 15:16 -0600, Bryan Sant wrote:
> > I do own a mac, and I dual boot linux and OS X on it. It may be that I
> > don't have enough RAM, but there is a very noticeable difference in
> > responsiveness - Linux w/ XFree86 is tons faster than OS X.
> > 
> > Does xfree86 do the cool things os x does like transparency and whatnot?
> > No. Does all that cool stuff work well in os x? Yes. Aqua itself is no
> > slower (nor faster) than xfree86, but os x eats so much ram that in my
> > case (256M, and yes I knew it would be this way) linux is the clear
> > winner in performance.
> Wow.  What am I doing wrong?  I have an IBM T30 with an ATI Radeon
> Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500], 2.0 GHz CPU, and 1 GB of RAM. 
> My card is not supported by the ATI binary drivers, but I've heard
> that those drivers aren't that great anyway.  My X11 isn't unbearable,
> but Windows on the same laptop hardware (but with a superior driver)
> is very responsive.  My desktop system has an nVidia card and the
> speed difference between Windows and Linux (with nvidia's binary
> driver) is negligible.
> Do the OSS or proprietary ATI drivers work better with some ATI
> chipsets than others?
> Hans, what ATI chipset is in your Mac?  What is your FPS when running
> glxgears (I know it is a bad benchmark, but my FPS is rediculous).
> Thanks,
> -Bryan
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