Debian 6.0 Through Debian 9.0 Benchmarks

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 22 June 2017 at 06:08 PM EDT. Page 5 of 5. 6 Comments.

With GCC continually adding new optimizations and features, the kernel compilation time has slowed down. Building Linux 4.9 was its build time increase by 14% compared to the Debian 6.0 release from six years ago.

But with the new GCC optimizations, the resulting binaries are sometimes faster as is the case with C-Ray multi-threaded ray-tracing.

These are the Debian 6.0 through 9.0 benchmark results I have available today. More of these i5-2500K + HD 4890 numbers can be found via this result file. Still going through my storage room to see what still-functioning systems I might be able to use for a broader Debian GNU/Linux performance comparison for highlighting the Linux performance over the years.

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