OSU Open Source Lab wanted to take the concept of benchmarking a little bit further with the Beaver Challenge 2004. In this competition they will be allowing a community of experts in each OS to tweak their configurations to ensure maximum performance. And these aren’t wimpy machines they are testing on, they are all Dell Poweredge 2650 with dual 2.8ghz Xeon, 2GB of RAM and 5 36GB U320 disks @ 10,000 RPM configured as RAID0 stripe. The following systems will be tested in the competition: Debian GNU/Linux, Fedora Linux, FreeBSD, Gentoo Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Red Hat Linux, Slackware Linux, SuSE GNU/Linux. Rules and additional information can be found here, and remember this is a community event- all are welcomed on the forums and on IRC.