"On a few occasions in the past we have provided kernel
benchmarks (at one point even benchmarking 12 kernels), but this
time around we have included nearly two dozen benchmarks using the
Phoronix Test Suite. How has the Linux performance evolved since
the release of the Linux 2.6.24 kernel back in early 2008? Well,
simply put, the Linux 2.6.29 kernel in a few areas does pack some
serious performance benefits.
"In past kernel benchmarking articles we have built our vanilla
kernels from source, but now that Canonical provides a mainline
kernel PPA of each kernel release built in a standard configuration
without any extra Ubuntu patches and configuration options, we
opted to use this Ubuntu package repository. On a clean Ubuntu 8.10
(x86_64) system we had installed the Linux 2.6.24, Linux 2.6.25,
Linux 2.6.26, Linux 2.6.27, Linux 2.6.28, and Linux 2.6.29 kernels
(click on each of the links for more information about a specific
kernel release) from this repository hosted on Launchpad. Between
kernel tests, the distribution was left in the same conditions. All
other packages on the Ubuntu 8.10 system were left at their stock
versions including the X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, GNOME 2.24.1,
xf86-video-intel 2.4.1, Mesa 7.2, and the EXT3 file-system."
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