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Fedora Core A review of the latest Fedora Core release, code named "Bordeaux", the Fedora Core 5, which has proven itself to be one of the best Linux distributions out there was published by OSNews' own Fedora Core 5 review was published a few hours ago too.
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faster core?
by project_2501 on Mon 27th Mar 2006 01:03 UTC
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for users who don't use gnome/kde or other desktop environments, would they like FC5?

i found some distributions like ubuntu 5.10 felt slower in everyday use like browsing, file operations and so on.

currently i use mandriva (with xfce) as it seems to have a nippy core and things seem to happen faster. big files get copied quicker, browsing with firefox seems snanppier.

i wonder if anyone does benchmarking of core things like kernel, fs, network tasks for various distros? this data would be much more useful for people not interested in desktop environments.

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RE: faster core?
by hraq on Mon 27th Mar 2006 02:47 in reply to "faster core?"
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I agree with you. when I run multiple programs which they have a similar binaries for windows, I notice that windows is way much more faster (but not safe of course).

I ran eg firefox and Azureus 2.4, amule, 4GB network transfer over a dedicated NIC, while watching 1.4 GB movie on xine and my CPU became 100% whereas in windows it is just 70%.

Of course, if you give linux/GNU more time they will start to jump from solving bugs to tweaking for performance, a good example would be GNOME 2.14 which is a big leap in performance.

Overall, you will not be annoyed unless your CPU/RAM are >4 years old.

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RE[2]: faster core?
by somebody on Mon 27th Mar 2006 13:59 in reply to "RE: faster core?"
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I ran eg firefox and Azureus 2.4, amule, 4GB network transfer over a dedicated NIC, while watching 1.4 GB movie on xine and my CPU became 100% whereas in windows it is just 70%.

Yep, and the problem in this equation is... azareus (I say that about linux version, I didn't even tried Windows one). Switch to any other torrent client and all your problems will go away.

My worst case test on opteron1.8-4GB RAM (with official torrent client (btw. calling torrent was reniced from a normal level)) was 150 opened torrents (all totaled to 200GB of data requested in about 400-500 files) (fiber connection to internet makes this possible), average downloading was 9.1MB/s and uploading 12MB/s (torrents were randomly clicked, but all had enough seeds). Machine was completely usable (ok, it was noticable slower but still snappy after software finaly loaded (loading was the slowest part and quite slow for the fact), sideline disk transfer does that to every computer). I could watch video normaly (both xine and mplayer), burning worked... After that I leaved this runing for one night. In the morning, desktop performed badly at first because complete desktop probably resided in swap. But after runing for a few minutes (or better as soon as I started using some piece of software disk went crazy for few seconds and started runing normaly) desktop was again snappy as ever. CPU never went over 60%, except in loading spikes.

Now back to azareus. The same machine performed really terrible when stress testing with azareus and 10 torrents where I was suffering from the same symptoms as you described. And with more time azareus was runing symptoms were worster. An no magic solution here (renicing or not). Desktop was simply terrible.

My advice. Don't use azareus. And it really helps if disk where you're downloading torrents is not the same as the one containing OS.

p.s. I haven't tried amule.

Edited 2006-03-27 13:59

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