Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Sep 2008 12:50 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y PHoronix has taken a look at several Linux distributions running on the Eee PC 901. "Late last month we published our preview of the ASUS Eee PC 901 and we shared our plans for a number of benchmarks using this netbook with Intel's Atom processor. Following our Linux desktop encryption benchmarks of the ASUS Eee PC 901 and Intel Atom N270 CPU we have a performance comparison of Xandros, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Mandriva on this low-cost netbook PC."
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So different?
by big_gie on Tue 16th Sep 2008 13:45 UTC
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2006-01-04

How come they can be _that_ different for these task? I mean, its the same hardware, almost the same kernel, similar libraries...

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RE: So different?
by xfranky on Tue 16th Sep 2008 13:55 UTC in reply to "So different?"
xfranky Member since:
2006-09-19

...different compilation flags for the binary packages, i suppose.

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RE: So different?
by renox on Wed 17th Sep 2008 05:43 UTC in reply to "So different?"
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2005-07-06

Benchmark mistakes happen sure, but this doesn't mean it's always the case: RedHat is shipping a Perl version which is ten-times slower than the official Perl because they used a beta version as their basis for their package..
So no, it's not always the same sources and the difference can be sometimes very significant between distribution.

Investigating the reason why there's such difference would be interesting (could be memory usage: if a distribution has many daemon started, it could trigger swap usage which slow downs things a *lot*) but it's also significantly more work..

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fedora 10 alpha - debugging build?
by project_2501 on Tue 16th Sep 2008 13:48 UTC
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2006-03-20

does anyone know if the fedora 10 alphais build with debugging and non-optimised compiles?

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Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06

does anyone know if the fedora 10 alpha is build with debugging and non-optimised compiles?

Yes, it is.

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Worth noting...
by AdamW on Tue 16th Sep 2008 15:10 UTC
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2005-07-06

...that Mandriva 2009 final will use kernel 2.6.27, not 2.6.26 as was in the beta tested.

I'm still not all that convinced by this kind of performance comparison, especially on a system which is likely to be used for fairly light tasks. I'd find a comparison of overall functionality under the given OS, including a subjective impression of performance if necessary, most interesting.

Some of the results are, I think, just silly, like the ImageMagick compile time. I can't think of any reason on Earth it would somehow magically be twice as fast on Fedora as every other distro tested. I find it far more likely that the default configuration of the distros led to something being disabled in the compilation on Fedora that was enabled in the compilation on the other distros, leading to the discrepancy. Compile times are a fairly simple function of CPU speed and having enough memory, and I just can't see anything a distro can do that would affect the performance of a compilation process to that extent.

To be honest, I don't think the integrity of this benchmark has been sufficiently demonstrated yet...it's a good effort on Phoronix's part to make it, but I'm not entirely sure it's yet reliable enough to draw much in the way of conclusions.

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RE: Worth noting...
by renox on Wed 17th Sep 2008 08:41 UTC in reply to "Worth noting..."
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

especially on a system which is likely to be used for fairly light tasks


Likely, likely.. This piss me off: you do realise that many people don't have the money to buy several computers?
Or more precisely don't want to spend more money than they need on computers, so they'll buy a laptop for the mobility and use it for *everything*.

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RE[2]: Worth noting...
by MattPie on Wed 17th Sep 2008 16:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Worth noting..."
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2006-04-18

Or more precisely don't want to spend more money than they need on computers, so they'll buy a laptop for the mobility and use it for *everything*.

While true, I don't think many people will be buy a netbook (a little laptop) for their one-stop computing needs.

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RE[3]: Worth noting...
by renox on Thu 18th Sep 2008 05:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Worth noting..."
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, the price of a 701 is lower than the rest of the other laptops.

That said, you're right that a used laptop with a replacement battery might be more interesting in this situation.

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inspired to install Ubuntu
by buff on Tue 16th Sep 2008 21:24 UTC
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2005-11-12

I have the older 701 eee and I just got the 1000 H eee. The 1000 came with XP preinstalled. I have Ubuntu on the 701. I was looking for a good reason to try Ubuntu on the 1000 H. The performance with the Atom CPU looks great with Ubuntu running. I ended up getting the 1000 H since the eee was slow running XP and the mini keyboard was frustrating me. Any suggestions about what one can do with an older 701?

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RE: inspired to install Ubuntu
by fretinator on Tue 16th Sep 2008 21:31 UTC in reply to "inspired to install Ubuntu"
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2005-07-06

Hello, I am an official EeePC reclamation service. For no charge to you, the end user, I can take your older EeePC and ensure it is properly disposed of!

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Comment by buff
by buff on Wed 17th Sep 2008 01:04 UTC
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2005-11-12

I can take your older EeePC and ensure it is properly disposed of!
I was planning on selling it on ebay or craigslist for 100 USD, preinstalled with Ubuntu. Send me a private message if you are interested in it. I also added an extra 1 Gig memory chip to it.

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