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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Oracle Linux vs. CentOS vs. openSUSE

Michael Larabel

Published on 21 April 2014
Written by Michael Larabel
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Since last week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS we have been busy benchmarking Ubuntu 14.04 in a variety of configurations. Already some of the Ubuntu "Trusty Tahr" benchmarks we have done recently include 12.04.4 vs. 13.10 vs. 14.04 benchmarks, a 20-way graphics card comparison, server benchmarks, and results in many other articles. We are in the process of doing a larger, server/enterprise-oriented Linux distribution. More distributions are still being tested, but to get a new week of benchmarking started at Phoronix, here are some results of Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Linux, CentOS, and openSUSE.

For getting a look at the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS performance we built upon last week's comparison results of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, 13.10, and 14.04 LTS to now have Oracle Linux 6.5 vs. 7.0 Beta 1 benchmarks, CentOS 6.5 as the latest community version of RHEL6, and openSUSE 13.1 as its latest stable release. Still being tested on this same system is Debian GNU/Linux, Fedora, Mageia/OpenMandriva, and potentially some other Linux distributions. Have other requests? Let us know ASAP via Phoronix on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.

Testing all of these Linux distributions was done from a high-performance Intel Core i7 4960X Extreme Edition system. The 12-thread CPU was running with an MSI X79MA-GD45 motherboard, 8GB of RAM, 1TB Seagate HDD, and Radeon HD 4870 graphics card. Here's a look at the out-of-the-box configuration for the key software components of the distributions tested for this round of performance evaluation:

All benchmarking was handled in a fully-automated and reproducible manner using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite -- the easiest way to carry out automated and enterprise-focused open-source benchmarks. On the following pages are our initial results while the data from the other Linux distributions still being tested will come later in the week.

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