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Old 05-14-2003, 12:26 PM   #1
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RH 8.0 vs Mandy 9.1

Hey ya'll,

I am using RH 8.0 at the mo, and I am quite happy with it (apart from the fact that I can't compile anything, but that I will fix when I have time). I got everything tweaked the way I want it, and it is running quite sweet, nice and fast.

The thing is that I am a total speed whore, and there is nothing I would love more than to have a system where my Linux kicks XP in the ass as far as speed is concerned (at the mo they are about the same).

Now, I have been reading here that some users have said that MDK 9.1 runs faster than RH 8.0, loads apps faster etc...and of course its got me ithcing to try MDK now. The last time I tried it was MDK 8.2 and there was nothing really revolutionary about it. Yeah, it's nice if one is just coming from windows, but I am not, and actually like that RH is not *that* user friendly, to the point of installing bloat and doing too many things for me.

I want to try 9.1 but I am a miserable 56k'er and it would take me ages to get the CDs. I will probably end up getting them but I want to know from some people that have used both what your experiences were.

To tell the truth, I don't think that it can run any faster that my RH 8.0 is running at the mo. I've a custom kernel, all the disks tweaked with hdparm, etc... People who reply, can you please specify what you did to tweak your RH setup and likewise with MDK, and also try to give your impression on why MDK was (if it was) faster.

Old 05-14-2003, 02:55 PM   #2
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Mandrake is tweaked for i586 and above, most linux distros like RedHat are for i386 and above. You should know why this would make it faster, but you're recompiled kernel should equal Mandrake's default, and maybe out perform it if you have an i686 processor. There may be a few tweaks to other apps or procedures, but I havent researched it.
Old 05-14-2003, 03:04 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Once the kernel has been compiled for the i686 and all the additional services etc disabled, they would have to be equal in speed.

The reports of MDK being faster are probably from people who are comparing stock to stock performance.

MDK is still a great distro, but I'll stick to RH since I am used to it. The only thing is that I will definitely give 9.0 a miss, till all the problems with the new glibc are ironed out.
Old 05-14-2003, 03:12 PM   #4
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Personally I like Mandrake 9.1 best out of the available distros I've tried.

That being said, its my opinion that comparing performance between distros isn't really something that should be done...there's just too many variables. Linux is linux...period...everything else that comes with a distro is add-on.

I figure any distro can blow away any other distro(stock install) if the guy doing the admin work knows what he's doing (ie: Hdparm settings, kernel compile, trimming down the daemons etc...).

The way I see it, you have the right idea when you said:

MDK is still a great distro, but I'll stick to RH since I am used to it.
Thats what matters, being comfortable with your tools. I'm comfy in Mandrake now...I've used RH (which isn't that different), slack, debian and I like em all....but my day to day stuff is Mandrake all the way.

Its all about being comfortable, getting what you need and getting the job done That's the criteria to a good distro


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