“There wasn’t any clear winner overall for the compute tests.
While the compute performance was close to the same due to a
similar compiler and the recent Linux kernel, the disk performance
results were interesting as well as the open-source graphics
performance. However, there is no tier-one Linux desktop
distribution that is significantly faster than the other binary
distributions from all of the tests that have been conducted as of
late. If deciding between Fedora 16 and Ubuntu 11.10, it’s more
important to choose the desktop to your liking, Red Hat vs. Debian
differences, and other factors.