The Performance Of Clear Linux vs. Fedora vs. Ubuntu Over 2020

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 15 January 2021 at 11:10 AM EST. Page 1 of 5. 15 Comments.

Earlier this week we looked at the performance of Intel's Clear Linux over the past year but how does that compare to the likes of say Fedora and Ubuntu? This article is looking at the performance of Fedora Workstation, Ubuntu, and Clear Linux on the same hardware over the past year.

This testing off the same platform (Core i9 7980XE, ASUS PRIME X299-A, Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe SSD, 4 x 4GB DDR4-3200) is intended to provide a look at how the Ubuntu and Fedora performance has evolved since the end of 2019 to see the direction of these tier-one Linux distributions up against Intel's performance-focused Clear Linux.

For the EOY2019 state with Clear Linux was 31890 to 34150 for EOY2020. For the Ubuntu look was Ubuntu a 20.04 development snapshot at EOY2019 when that testing took place for a prior article to now Ubuntu 20.10 with all stable release updates. Meanwhile Fedora was from Fedora 31 with all stable release updates at end of 2019 when testing happened for a prior article to Fedora 33 with all stable release updates as of testing time.

For these distributions it means going from Linux 5.3~5.4 to Linux 5.8~5.10, GCC 9.2 to GCC 10.2, and many other package updates. The default kernel configuration and other out-of-the-box defaults were maintained for all this testing from the mature Core i9 7980XE platform.

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