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Byte.com: FreeBSD Versus Linux Revisited

Nov 12, 2001, 23:59 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Moshe Bar)

[ Thanks to Luis Neves for this link. ]

"In my October 29, 2001, Byte.com column I described the new VM written by kernel hacker Andrea Arcangeli. In that article, I promised I would come back to my FreeBSD versus Linux comparison that I ran in my February 2001 column. Many people say FreeBSD has a very good virtual memory manager. As it turns out, I pretty much proved them right in that article.

Now, with the new VM engine in Linux as of 2.4.10, things might look different, so I prepared a new test environment for the benchmark.

I would like to point out that my benchmarks are neither scientific nor formal. Nor do I claim to be an expert in benchmarking. I just run programs we all use in our daily routine repeatedly against both operating systems, then calculate the simple average. Therefore, these benchmarks are not to be taken as a full-out measure of things, but rather as an indication of how we have progressed in the last eight to nine months and to determine whether the new Linux VM performs better against FreeBSD than Linux 2.4.0 did."

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