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Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Benchmarks With Its New Kernel

Michael Larabel

Published on 18 October 2010
Written by Michael Larabel
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While the UFS file-system used by default on FreeBSD is not anything advanced and not nearly as rich as ZFS, UFS does outperform the Linux EXT4 file-system in some SQL database benchmarks we run such as SQLite. EXT4 in the Linux 2.6.32 kernel is many times slower than UFS on FreeBSD.

UFS may perform many times better than EXT4 with some Linux kernel releases in SQLite, but with PostMark the EXT4 file-system definitely carries the advantage.

Linux with EXT4 was 63% faster when carrying out four threads of 64MB writes.

Lastly, with 32 threads of 64MB random writes, the Debian GNU/Linux performance was more than twice as fast as Debian GNU/kFreeBSD. While Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is now running with the FreeBSD 8.1 kernel, in many tests Debian GNU/Linux continues to be a much faster operating system.

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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