Benchmarks Of The Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux
Phoronix: Benchmarks Of The Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux
Traditionally at Phoronix we have stayed away from publishing benchmarks of Gentoo and similar source-based distributions for the lack of them having a standard or "stock" configuration for which one can easily replicate our tested software stack due to all of the different variables that come into play so the value of these benchmarks are much less compared to those distributions providing pre-compiled binaries for a standardized set of packages. However, satisfying a number of requests, we are publishing such benchmarks today. Rather than using Gentoo itself for benchmarking, we are using Calculate Linux Desktop, which is Gentoo-based while providing a very nice "out of the box" experience, i686 and x86_64 binaries, and overall is a polished and user-friendly Gentoo experience.
First of all: thanks for the benchmarks.
However, this is a slap in the face for all Gentoo users: you were,
as I understood, asked to perform a comparison against Gentoo. Instead, you pick some random distribution with *binary* packages, which are also pretty outdated. Calculate Linux is not Gentoo, despite it is being based on.
To clarify the point of Gentoo (IMHO, of course):
- CPU-optimized compilation of source packages
- availability of most recent packages (e.g. GCC, Glibc, X11, ...)
Please: either work out a proper benchmark, or, if you can't, just do not mention "Gentoo" in your article titles!
Originally Posted by phoronix
Please, for easier viewing consider doing the following:
When you have multiple test-systems and are *not* comparing the systems, give them separate scales.
Avoiding graphs like this should be a high priority, as one side of it is completely useless...
thanks for the tests, anyway, though what most people asking for gentoo benchmarks likely want is likely far from these benchmarks
Interesting, will have a look into the bzip and gzip numbers.
In before "Gentoo's not supposed to be faster until it's completely built for the exact cpu"
In general, performance improvements due to CPU-specific compiler optimizations are minimal, if at all visible. (If you need good performance, there is no way around custom intrinsic/asm code.)
Yeah, but performance improvement due to, say, disabling Java in OpenOffice, or disabling PulseAudio systemwide is considerable.
And you can't do this easily with a binary distro.
Just got to mention that disabling pulse in some binary distros is fairly easy. One click in openSUSE in 11.2 or 11.3 for example is all it takes.
Originally Posted by pingufunkybeat
Stop the deamon, yes, but all your apps still link against it and you can't remove it. In general, you have lots of libraries lying around that are not needed.
Originally Posted by deanjo
Like people have pointed out, it doesn't usually hurt if you have enough memory but it is a bit annoying in some cases. You shouldn't HAVE TO install GStreamer if you don't intend to use it, for example. And GStreamer should not have to pull in gconf, which doesn't need to pull in all of gnome-base, which pulls in other stuff, and all of this gets loaded every time you start any X program.
It's not a huge deal, true, but I don't need it.