Fedora 21's Performance Is Close To Ubuntu 14.10
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 4 December 2014 at 09:06 AM EST. 5 Comments
FEDORA --
Fedora 21 is due out in a few days and as such I've been busy extensively testing and benchmarking this first Fedora Linux update in a year. To not much surprise given the close package versions to Ubuntu 14.10, Fedora 21 isn't performing very differently from the Ubuntu Utopic Unicorn.

Most of the Linux distribution performance comparisons don't turn up much assuming the Linux kernel, compiler, and Mesa components are close to the same version. From there it mostly comes down to the defaults for the CPU scaling driver/governor, I/O scheduler, etc. With Fedora 21 compared to Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, the results are very close.


Those interested in the latest benchmark numbers for Fedora 21 against Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS + Ubuntu 14.10, I uploaded some benchmark results to OpenBenchmarking.org.


Testing was done with a dual AMD Opteron 2384 system with Radeon HD 5830 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and solid-state storage.

The results don't show much and they're not really different comparative wise to the other systems I've tested thus far using these two Linux distributions, but you can find them for what they're worth on OpenBenchmarking.org.

While Fedora 21 doesn't appear to offer any unique performance advantage, I'm overall quite happy with Fedora 21 in having been using it now on a number of systems daily over the past three months. Stay tuned for more Fedora 21 coverage and it being used as the basis of some upcoming Linux hardware reviews on Phoronix.
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