openSUSE 13.1 Shows Off Nice Performance Improvements
For using the default EXT4 file-system there wasn't much change to be found for this Core i7 EE test system with a Seagate SATA HDD. If using Btrfs the story may be different thanks to the openSUSE community focusing recently on improving the Btrfs support, various upstream initiatives, and there's hope that the next openSUSE release might default to Btrfs over EXT4.
If you're a user of the open-source Intel, AMD Radeon, or Nouveau (NVIDIA) graphics, that's where the biggest performance improvements are to be found. All the open-source Linux GPU drivers have a lot of catching up to do with the proprietary graphics drivers so there's always constant progress. Fortunately, it's the area we focus in on the most at Phoronix so see our numerous articles for details on specific improvements that landed this year to benefit openSUSE 13.1
There are very dramatic gains to be found for not only R600 Gallium3D but the other Mesa/Gallium3D drivers too! Linux 3.11 and Mesa 9.2 as found in openSUSE 13.1 is already a bit stale with many goodies to be found in Linux 3.12/3.13 and Mesa 10.0!