[arch-dev-public] phoronix: Is Arch faster than Ubuntu?

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Wed May 19 17:57:21 EDT 2010

On 20/05/10 03:18, Aaron Griffin wrote:
> On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Dan McGee<dpmcgee at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Aaron Griffin<aaronmgriffin at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> Came across my reader today
>>> http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_arch_faster&num=1
>>> Pretty neat.
>> Showing boot-up time and other more noticeable waits would be a much
>> better comparison; I think the benchmarks are not why people think
>> Arch feels faster.
> Right but the reason I think this is interesting is that the data
> shows it is "feels faster" not "is faster".

This is not surprising at all.  Especially once I saw it wasn the x86_64 
ports that were being compared.  With x86_64 we are not optimizing any 
more than any other x86_64 distribution.  In fact, our CFLAGS and 
LDFLAGS are quite conservative so we may be optimizing less.

Even our "i686" optimization is not news-worthy these days. Fedora is 
i686 optimized.  Although I think Ubunutu is still i486 (glibc killed 
off i386 support).  So there may have been a difference on the 32 bit 

Optimization is not a selling point for Arch anymore.


More information about the arch-dev-public mailing list