The Liquorix Kernel Is Still Ticking, Currently Based On Linux 4.1

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 27 August 2015 at 03:04 AM EDT. 33 Comments
As part of a recent wave of requests for new benchmarks you'd like to see on Phoronix, a reader had reminded me of the Liquorix kernel.

It's been two years since I last tested / reported on the Liquorix kernel, which advertises itself as "the better distro kernel" with optimizations for desktop, multimedia, and gaming workloads.

The Liquorix kernel has Zen interactive tuning, hard kernel preemption, utilizes Budget Fair Queue (BFQ), Vegas TCP congestion control, smaller TX net queues, AuFS support, etc.

As of writing, the latest Liquorix kernel is marked for v4.1-9 and was issued last week. While there hasn't been much coverage of Liquorix lately, the project still seems to be very much alive. Would you be interested in seeing its modern kernel compared to that of the Linux kernel in some distribution stock configurations? Let me know if interested! Those wanting to learn more about this modified Linux kernel can visit
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