Benchmark : Clear Linux vs The Rest

There’s a 2024 update to these benchmarks HERE

Update Oct 23 2023 :


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I won’t use it because it seems that it has very low hardware support and even less software support than Linux itself, but I always wondered if FreeBSD has better performance than Linux/Clear Linux.

I think that FreeBSD has lower latency and it’s better suited for network tasks, but what about application performance? I have read that Phoronix benchmarks about FreeBSD are innacurate.

I am stuck with a non booting system with no way to recover. Currently use Arch as my daily and server but was impressed by the speed and snappiness. I thing I will give CentOS a try as it’s close in speed and better support!

Let’s find out :

Once upon a time :

Hm… yeah, I did see the phoronix benchmarks, but I have read this:

Although I gave it a second read and they seem to complain about the zstd compression test, while not really saying anything about the other tests. I just thought that maybe Phoronix wasn’t that accurate with BSD since he does most of his stuff on Linux. But… idk, maybe the compression test is the one that is not accurate and the rest it is.

Although the second link you sent is interesting, it shows that at least in 2008 FreeBSD was ahead of Linux, not sure if this is the same as of now, or if I should fully trust the Phoronix Benchmarks.

Also, sorry to read that, it’s strange that you can’t boot your system, I’m still using an old Intel netbook computer (Intel Classmate Marblepoint, EF10MIX from 2014) and it works wonders here… (actually, I’m writing this using CL on that netbook), using CL here as a daily driver without issues.

I think I have read a thread where you posted about it, but honestly I’m not sure what could be happening, I would say it’s a hardware configuration which may be causing trouble, some configuration in the BIOS/UEFI that doesn’t play well with CL… who knows… I did read something that you have set a RAID, on my hand my configuration is pretty much simple, it’s just an old 320GB HDD and 4GB of DDR3 RAM at stock speeds. Guess the simple the hardware configuration the better?
But yes, if you can’t make it work, you should look for a distro that better suits you, CL community isn’t as big as, say, Ubuntu, so it may be more difficult to diagnose some problems.

You can run it yourself and compare :

Have been using Arch as my daily for work and home for over 15 years, run a local server that hosts my business and developed a gui interface to the sql database. I have not had a system I could not rescue in a decade and took it as a challenge. There was no where to access any info or log as to why it would not boot and no tools that would work to restore. :anguished:

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This makes me wonder why MS doesn’t bother in improving Windows’s terrible performance. Instead of having the OS full of bloatware by default and running a lot of services, it would be awesome if they start having a more “quality rather quantity” approach with the OS.
Although I do understand that they don’t bother because Windows is be mainstream, they have success, and most people doesn’t care about the performance.

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Intel Core i9 13900K “Raptor Lake” running great with Clear Linux
Sizable wins over Ubuntu

That’s funny, when BIll Gates was CEO of MS, and then Steve Ballmer succeded him, Windows wasn’t so bad. It was always a “good-bad” cycle between the OSes.

Windows 2000 = Good
Windows Me = Bad
Windows XP = Good
Windows Vista = Bad
Windows 7 = Good
Windows 8 = Bad
Windows 8.1 = Good
Windows 10 = Bad

And with Satya Nadella, the cycle was broken, instead of fixing their mistakes with Windows 11, they just made Windows 10, but worse…

I really hate the “Windows as a service” approach, since it’s almost like they fired up all their QA team, and now the users are their testers with Telemetry.
Granted, Linux was always faster than Windows AFAIK (except for gaming, although now Linux is catching up, thanks Valve and Proton!), but at least in the past Windows with XP and 7 for example were much more stable, didn’t include the amount of bloatware that they have today, and updates weren’t breaking stuff all the time. And… well, they didn’t use telemetry.

Also sorry for the rant, it was something I wanted to take off my chest, from time to time CL breaks between updates, but I guess that’s the nature of being a rolling release distro (plus, they don’t focus on desktop experiencie sadly).


Agreed. :wink:

On the other hand, we could have ended up with this :


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