Although we've had a no real religious debate here as a result of the article, I'd like to suggest something. **NOTE** that this will require work from a FreeBSD person.
When 8.1 is released, we do the following...
The FreeBSD person creates a blog page with a tuning guide to make FreeBSD shine in the benchmarks. The rules are as follows...
1) The tuning guide is explicit enough for a reasonably technical person (but not FreeBSD guru) to follow and create a customized FreeBSD for the purposes stated.
2) The person hosting the page provides Michael support in preparing the system for benchmarking following the directions.
3) Any new tests that the FreeBSD person wants to have executed are worked out/contributed/made available prior to the benchmarking run.
The intent here is to provide an answer ensure the following themes don't appear in the response to the 8.1 Final benchmark run.
1) The system wasn't tuned, FreeBSD is much better after tuning
2) The tests are unfair, there are better, more realistic tests to run
Now of course, I haven't run this past Michael, but I am sure that it will be acceptable.
The result set would be "Most recent shipping Ubuntu", FreeBSD 8.1 Stock, FreeBSD Tuned.
Any FreeBSD takers?