You consider scheduler will raise system requirements to level you will notice this? This is bull. There are just scripts and daemons in Ubuntu which make it feel slower on older hardware. About those features it depends if you have them enabled or not. Karmic has many debbuging options and features enabled (like oops reporting, Perfcounters, AppArmor) which can make it much slower than it would be with such options disabled.IMHO, I think that two areas are mainly responsible for that performance drop: modern graphic drivers (blobs) are getting more and more complicated and designed over newest hardware.. and the kernel itself (I have modern schedulers in mind).
No, it depends what you have enabled.So.. is Linux getting more and more feature rich at the cost of getting heavier and heavier?
Not directly related, but interesting:
22.214.171.124-Linux: 1.40MB 32 or 64bit I don't remember.
126.96.36.199-Linux-ARCH: 1.80MB - Arch Linux generic kernel 64bit
Win2000: 1.61MB 32bit
WinXP: 2.03MB 32bit
WinVista: 3.30MB 32bit
I'm not sure, but it's probably enough to change file system options to have much different results. Some older Ubuntu could use writeback mode which is faster and some newer one ordered mode which is slower, but safer for data.Anyone has different opinions or more clues to explain the results of the test?