15-Way Linux Distribution / Operating System Comparison, Including Windows 10 & WSL

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 31 May 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT. Page 3 of 8. 24 Comments.

Next up was the BLAKE2 crypto benchmark where CentOS Linux 7 on its older GCC 4 era compiler was the fastest followed by Arch-based Manjaro and Antergos. Windows 10 April 2018 came right in the middle of the Linux distributions with their performance as did the WSL distributions with this test not being dependent upon I/O speed.

Given the growing popularity of Golang, we couldn't help but to run some benchmarks in this large Linux distribution comparison. With the Go HTTP performance, Clear Linux was the fastest followed closely by Solus and Fedora Workstation. Windows 10 April 2018 was a little bit slower than the slowest Linux distribution (Debian 9) but with WSL there was substantial overhead in this test.

With the Golang JSON parsing performance there was little variation in the results across the tested operating systems while Clear Linux barely squeezed by for a first place finish and Debian 9.4 was last with the Windows 10 and WSL numbers being mixed in.

The Golang build test with its I/O usage led the WSL and Windows 10 performance to running slower while Clear Linux again was leading in the Go performance.

In the garbage collection test, Sabayon Linux was a hair faster than Clear Linux while effectively eight Linux distributions and Windows 10 were tied for first. Debian 9.4 was the slowest overall.

Related Articles