Server/Workstation Tests: Antergos vs. Clear Linux vs. Fedora vs. Scientific Linux vs. Ubuntu vs. openSUSE
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 10 February 2017. Page 1 of 4. 8 Comments

Here is a fresh round of some out-of-the-box Linux distribution tests when focusing on different server/workstation workloads. Featured in this comparison is Antergos 17.2-Rolling, Clear Linux 13200, Fedora 25, Scientific Linux 7.3, Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10, and openSUSE Tumbleweed 20170205.

Given the recent release of Scientific Linux 7.3, Clear Linux working on PHP optimizations, and Antergos and openSUSE Tumbleweed continuing to roll, I figured it's a good time for some fresh workstation/server-focused benchmarks on different popular Linux distributions.

So for your viewing pleasure this Friday are some fresh results from these different distributions. Unfortunately, while there is much interest these days in Solus by Linux enthusiasts, its installer had issues with the system being used. Additionally, Debian Stretch was running into a kernel bug on this system so the testing couldn't happen there either.

As usual, each of these operating systems were cleanly installed and tested out-of-the-box for allowing this comparison to be reproducible and representative of the default experience most Linux users see. The same system was used throughout the entire round of testing and was an Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5 Skylake system with MSI C236A WORKSTATION motherboard, 16GB RAM, and 256GB Toshiba RD400 256GB NVMe SSD. Above is a look at the chart of detected software components on each distribution, their defaults, and then just the different parsing of the hardware by the different versions of the kernel, PCI database, etc. All of this benchmarking was handled in a fully-automated and reproducible manner using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software.

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