Liquorix 3.8 Kernel Has Some Performance Wins Over Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 15 April 2013. Page 4 of 4. 24 Comments

The Primesieve benchmark is slightly faster using the Liquorix 3.8 kernel.

The Liquorix 3.8 kernel has a surprisingly large lead over the vanilla Linux kernel when it comes to the FFmpeg video encoding workload.

Liquorix isn't designed for server workloads, but the PostgreSQL performance was behind that of the mainline Linux kernels tested.

Ending off this brief testing was a surprising win for the Liquorix 3.8 kernel when running the Apache web-server.

The results for the Liquorix 3.8 kernel were mixed against the mainline Linux kernel. There were some surprising wins for this optimized version of the Linux kernel for desktop and gaming workloads, but overall the kernel wasn't dramatically faster than using the vanilla kernel. However, should your particular workloads be different and you care about squeezing every bit of performance out of your system, the Liquorix kernel may be worth giving it a test run.

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