Fedora vs. openSUSE vs. Manjaro vs. Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. Mint Linux Benchmarks

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 30 September 2015 at 02:50 PM EDT.

Honoring the latest round of Phoronix Premium reader requests is a fresh six-way Linux distribution comparison. Tested were Manjaro 15.09 and Linux Mint 17.2 and then the latest development versions of Fedora 23, openSUSE 42.1 Leap, Debian Stretch Testing, and Ubuntu 15.10.

This six-way Linux distribution comparison is looking at the out-of-the-box performance of this set of popular Linux distributions while using the default package sets and running all tests on the same system. For this comparison an Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 Haswell system with 16GB of DDR4 memory, 80GB Intel SSD, and AMD FirePro V7500 graphics were used for benchmarking.

Highlights of the systems under test included:

- Fedora 23 with the the Linux 4.2 kernel and Mesa 11.0 and GCC 5.1.1.

- openSUSE 42.1 Leap beta with Linux 4.1, KDE Frameworks 5, Mesa 10.6.6, and GCC 4.8.5. OpenSUSE is using XFS in the home directory (where tests are run from) while the root file-system is Btrfs.

- Manjaro 15.09 with the Linux 4.1 kernel, Xfce 4.12, Mesa 10.6.7, and GCC 5.2.0.

- Linux Mint based off Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the Linux 3.16 kernel, Cinnamon desktop, Mesa 10.1.3, and GCC 4.8.4.

- Debian Stretch Testing with the Linux 4.1 kernel, GNOME Shell 3.16, Mesa 10.6, and GCC 5.2.1.

- Ubuntu 15.10 with Unity and the Linux 4.2 kernel, Mesa 11.0, and GCC 5.2.1.

All of the other system information is reported as usual via the Phoronix Test Suite.

Each of these 64-bit Linux distributions was cleanly installed in their default manner followed by executing all of the benchmarks. It's quite a straight-forward comparison so let's get right to the numbers.

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