Update: From Ubuntu 12.04, new results!
- The task: playing 7 minutes of a FLAC file.
- The tester: Phoronix test suite – specifically “MONITOR=cpu.usage phoronix-test-suite benchmark idle”
- The tested: Amarok, Banshee, gmusicbrowser, Quod Libet, Exaile, Rhythmbox
This chart is neat, the indicator in the middle is where the average lies (out of 7 minutes) and the bottom of the line is where the low is, top is where the high is.
If you want to, you can look at their exact charts below. A bit about the results, followed by some possibly relevant tech details.
It is the premier music player on the “heaviest” open source desktop KDE. Btw, I was using Xine. Qt.
Being one of the most CPU intensive it is concerning to me that Xubuntu is considering moving to it. Python, gStreamer.Banshee
4th Place but quite close to the lead. Mono, gStreamer.
Low of 1.01%, High of 9.00%. Perl?, Direct to libs/mplayer for playback?
Biggest range, but also lowest average. Odd. Gstreamer, Python.
Low and High tied with gMusicPlayer. .15 less average. Nice low usage for the default player. C, Gstreamer.
You should be able to use the phoronix test suite’s idle and monitor mode to get similar results. So, the question is, am I kicking someone out for this? For now, Exaile is out.
(but I plan to look at this in more detail specific to Exaile and send my results to (a now defunct page, but it was a page describing how Xubuntu was going to choose a default music player), as well as doing an indepth goodbye review like usual)
Amarok is close to the line as well, but it will stay in for now. Disagree? Please do comment.
Please do attempt to reproduce, preferably on low end hardware so the variations will be more pronounced (as soon as Jaunty is available on my OLPC, I will rerun these on it).