With the relatively old hardware we had used with our select benchmarks, the five desktop Linux distributions tested performed close to each other but Mandriva 2008 Beta 1 had taken a surprising lead in some instances. This DVD distribution is backed by the Linux 2.6.22 kernel, GNOME 2.19 / KDE 3.5.7, and has a variety of other benefits such as NTFS write support, AppArmor, Compiz Fusion, a new wireless stack. While Mandriva had a lead in these benchmarks and with the SiS 650GX-backed Pentium 4 "A" setup, we cannot call a decisive winner and that we had only tried out five desktop distributions out of the dozens (hundreds) available. Share your experiences about older PC hardware and Linux in the Phoronix Forums.
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