[oclug] Gentoo Linux 2004.1 CDs
keith.macdonald at operamail.com
Mon May 3 13:08:12 EDT 2004
----- Original Message -----
From: Matthew Wilcox <willy at debian.org>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 17:42:32 +0100
To: General Membership Discussion List <oclug at lists.oclug.on.ca>
Subject: Re: [oclug] Gentoo Linux 2004.1 CDs
> On Mon, May 03, 2004 at 04:10:00PM +0500, Keith MacDonald wrote:
> > 2) I'm interested in trying Gentoo is for the sake of potential performance gains. How much faster, if at all, is stage1 over stage2 over stage3?
> Depends if you know what you're doing. There have been benchmarks that
> show Gentoo losing out to Debian when people naively compile with -O6
> ("it must be faster, right?" WRONG.)
Hmm, yeah, so maybe Debian sarge is the choice for me at this point (with Gentoo possibly later)? I hear people all the time talking about how x distro is faster than y distro. Frankly, as a moderately advanced user it leaves me scratching my head as to how that can be.
Is there *really* a big difference between, say, Fedora and Gentoo in terms of speed? How big, roughly, is the performance difference? Whay accounts for it? Is it about options at compile-time that enable architecture optimizations? Is it about static vs dynamic linking? Is it how many daemons and processes are run at boot and/or during uptime? Is it all these, or something else?
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