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Old 03-21-2006, 10:38 AM   #1
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which is the most fastest? (gentoo or arch)?

hi fellas,

i want to test these two distros (gentoo and arch), but i want to know first, what is the most fastest? because everybody told me the most fastest is gentoo (in boot time and software's speed,etc), but, i friend told me that: arch linux can win in most of non-officials benchmarks.
Anyone hav a opinion about that?

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Old 03-21-2006, 11:31 AM   #2
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I think the pressing question here is a matter of time really....

One may edge out a second or so faster on a Gentoo install, but that requires you to go through hours of compiling to get that speed difference.

Arch is not compiled against any processor specific flags (only mmx, which is on all 686 class processors)... so fancy tags like sse, sse2, sss3, 3dnow, etc... are missing from Arch compiles...

So, the question again becomes: is the time spent compiling worth the slight speed boost?

I'm an Arch user, and I can say that the distribution is speedy enough, using most stock options. I've never used Gentoo for the reasons above...the >1 second increase in bootup is not worth the 8+ hours compiling on my machine.

So, just ask yourself that question... I can say that Arch is a good, solid distro to use.
Old 03-21-2006, 11:45 AM   #3
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I think my gentoo install is most probably a good couple of seconds faster then my old arch install. And the compile times dont really bother me because my computer is pretty high spec that coupled with ccache and compile times drop. Although i dont think gentoo should be someones distro if they just want speed because arch isn't that much slower, gentoo should be picked if you want total control over your system.
Old 03-21-2006, 12:02 PM   #4
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I tried both Arch and Gentoo (I did stage 2) they were almost the same with boot time and all I do think Gentoo was few seconds faster but as been said I won't choose distro by it's boot time.


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