Initial Benchmarks Of OpenBSD 6.4, DragonFlyBSD 5.3, FreeBSD vs. Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 2 November 2018. Page 5 of 5. 18 Comments

The Python performance was faster on the Linux distributions over the BSDs, especially Python with OpenBSD 6.4 being quite slow.

OpenBSD 6.4 was the fastest among the BSDs in the HINT double type CPU benchmark, but lost to Fedora Server 29 and Clear Linux.

Like the PHP performance, the Linux distributions were all much faster than the BSDs even when all of these operating systems were using their PHP 7.2 package builds from the operating system itself.

Of 35 benchmarks run in total, the fastest of the eight operating systems tested was Clear Linux with coming in first 59% of the time followed by Fedora Server 29 with wins 17% of the time and then Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS coming in first 17% of the time. If dropping the Linux results, FreeBSD 11.2 was the fastest at 60% of the time followed by OpenBSD 6.4 with wins 19% of the time and the others less than 10%. It will be interesting to repeat these tests on more hardware when FreeBSD 12.0 is officially released along with DragonFlyBSD 6.4.


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