15-Way Linux OS Comparison Shows Mixed High-Performing Linux Distributions
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 9 March 2016. Page 10 of 10. 29 Comments

With being a 15-way comparison and running a ton of tests across different subsystems, it was a lot of data and took a ton of time for the benchmarking process with doing a clean install of each test candidate. The results varied, but when it came to the OpenGL performance of the Radeon R7 370 graphics card used, Debian Testing won across the board. In all of the other (non-graphics) benchmarks, the results varied, but Intel's Clear Linux continued to win a number of them due to its optimized CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS defaults, their packages built with function multi-versioning, and other optimizations the Intel Open-Source Technology Center has been working on for the past year. In the tests where Clear Linux ran (e.g. non-graphics), it had a majority of the wins. Some of the lesser-known Linux distributions like Void Linux and KaOS had some surprising finishes.

You can dig through this result file if you want to understand the results more closely. Or here's a look overall that shows all of the results in total. For distributions like Alpine Linux with missing data, it comes down to cases where dependencies weren't met or distributions that didn't provide an easy path for a graphical desktop environment (e.g. Clear Linux without Radeon graphics support).

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