Like the Apache and PostMark test results, Fedora really had a troubling performance problem with PostgreSQL too. Fedora was far behind Ubuntu, OpenSuSE, and Mandriva. With the PostgreSQL performance, Mandriva wound up being the fastest.
Briefly looking at the Mesa 3D performance in OpenSuSE, Ubuntu, and Mandriva, the ioquake3-based Urban Terror results were virtually identical.
While the Urban Terror results were similar, with World of Padman, OpenSuSE was faster than Ubuntu and Mandriva, with both of them performing around the same. Fedora Rawhide had broken OpenGL acceleration with the packages that we had been using.
Well, nothing too conclusive can be derived from just the fifteen benchmarks we have shared today, especially with a few of the tests not containing results for all four distributions. However, for the trends that can be gathered, OpenSuSE and Ubuntu were generally the fastest. The latest Ubuntu packages had slightly better performance, but they are tracking the Linux 2.6.31 kernel and some newer upstream packages compared to where OpenSuSE is at the moment. What had troubled us though were the Fedora results for Apache, PostMark, and PostgreSQL where it ran excessively slow. If you would like to reproduce these tests for yourself, try out the Phoronix Test Suite.
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