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Fedora v. Ubuntu: A Performance Look

Michael Larabel

Published on 7 March 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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From today's results we cannot call a clear winner due to all of the variables at play. However, with the system and set of benchmarks used, Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 5 had outpaced Fedora 7 Test 2. Granted less than a second faster in LAME compilation and 0.27MB/s faster disk reads shouldn't warrant changing distributions if Fedora 7 feels a bit sluggish. The only benchmark where Feisty Fawn Herd 5 fell behind was Enemy Territory at 1280 x 1024. Outside of the quantitative results both desktops feel about the same performance-wise, and those that were consulted even thought Fedora 7 Test 2 felt faster than Herd 5. With Fedora Core 6 outperforming Edgy Eft in these tests, once both Fedora 7 and Feisty Fawn are released later this year we will carry out these tests again to see if things have changed for either distribution.

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About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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