For some of the other application benchmarks, the recent Linux kernel releases have not drastically affected the performance results from this reference Intel Core i7 system with NVIDIA graphics powered by Nouveau.
The Apache web-server appears to be a bit faster with Linux 3.4.
Overall the Linux 3.4 kernel isn't much of a game-changer in terms of performance, unless your hardware was previously unsupported or suffered from other regressions, however, the Linux kernel continues to modestly evolve over time.
Next up will be a file-system comparison with the Linux 3.4 kernel.
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