Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 21st Mar 2005 11:22 UTC
Linux 2003 was the year with Gentoo written all over it in the Linux universe. Last year was Ubuntu's & MEPIS'. I believe that Arch Linux's year is the current one. Read more for a comparison of Arch to existing distributions, and why we think it rocks and where we think it still requires some work.
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by sindre on Mon 21st Mar 2005 12:35 UTC

Debian doesn't come with any inherent performance/boot-time penalty, but this is probably a nice alternative for those not liking/caring to learn Debian's way of doing things.

I've had well-configured Debian and Gentoo setups, and there's no perceivable difference in performance in general. Gentoo actually turned out to use more memory whith customized USE-flags and CFLAGS="-march='my-cpu' -O2 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer". It's true though that Debian (annoyingly for power users) does a few things by default that needs to be adjusted by the user (something which should be quite simple if you read some docs) if you want Gentoo-like behaviour.

Anyway it's always cool to have alternatives, and if Arch has done some kind of magic tricks to get notably higher performance (which I seriously doubt), that's just great. I'd love to see some "scientific" performance analyses, but I'm way too much in love with Debian to care to do those myself.