Clear Linux Offering Performance Advantages Even With Low-Power IoT/Edge Hardware
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 30 August 2019. Page 3 of 3. 22 Comments

If running a mini web server off an UP Squared type board, Nginx ran the fastest on Clear Linux.

The PHP performance also was the fastest on Clear Linux.

If looking towards an UP Squared / Apollo Lake platform for thin clients, Clear Linux was running well in the browser benchmarks though in some cases Ubuntu 19.04 also came out ahead.

When looking at the geometric mean for a composite of all the benchmarks ran successfully on the three Linux distributions, Clear Linux overall was about 20% faster than Fedora 30 and Ubuntu 19.04. Fedora 30 did edge out slightly higher than Ubuntu 19.04 on this Intel Celeron SoC. With just being used to running Clear Linux on higher-end x86_64 hardware, it was fun seeing Clear Linux perform so well on the UP Squared. Besides the performance, Clear Linux does also offer various bundles (packages) catering for IoT platform use-cases.

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