The hardware used for this comparison is with a Xeon E3-1280 v5 "Skylake" CPU that boosts up to 4GHz (from our recent 9-Way Skylake Xeon CPU Linux comparison), MSI Radeon R7 370 graphics card, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and Samsung 850 EVO SSD.
The distributions I've tested so far included a daily snapshot of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS, Fedora 23, Debian Testing, and Debian 8.3. Other distributions being planned or considering are:
- CentOS 7 for some EL7 representation.
- Some Arch-based distribution like Manjaro or Antergos... As mentioned before, probably not Arch itself since there tends to just be a lot of complaints for testing each distribution out-of-the-box and at least Manjaro/Antergos has better defaults / reproducible installs.
- Gentoo or one of its derivatives like Calculate or Sabayon.
- Intel's Clear Linux distribution that's been the fastest distribution we've tested lately when it comes to using Intel hardware.
- Solus 1.1 will likely be used too given the recent interest in that distribution.
- OpenSUSE Tumbleweed but waiting to see if there's enough reader interest in also testing OpenSUSE 42.1 alongside it for this comparison.
- Are there Phoronix readers interested in seeing Mageia results?
- Zenwalk or another Slackware based distribution.
- In January I did a 3-way BSD comparison to our 10-way Linux distribution comparison. Are you interested in seeing some more fresh BSD results this month?
Those are the immediate plans for this large, up-to-date Linux distribution comparison that will be published on Phoronix in the next week or so. If you have any test requests or recommendations, please let me know via the forums or Twitter as soon as possible before it's too late to make any testing changes. As usual, the testing is going to be out-of-the-box on each platform in order to make it representative and offering a reproducible experience by others with these open-source operating systems being infinitely tunable.
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