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Fedora 7 to 10 Benchmarks

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Earlier this week we published benchmarks of all Ubuntu releases from 7.04 to the release candidate and had found the performance degraded with time, at least with the test system we used. As part of our testing to explore this issue, we had repeated many of the same tests on Fedora with all of their releases going back to Fedora 7. Has Fedora's desktop performance degraded too?

With Fedora 7, 8, 9, and 10 Snapshot 3 we had used the Fedora DVDs and for add-on package selection had just installed the "Software Development" group of RPMs. Fedora 7 was running the Linux 2.6.21 kernel, X Server 1.3.0, and GCC 4.1.2. Fedora 8 shipped with the Linux 2.6.23 kernel, X Server 1.3.0, and GCC 4.1.2. Sulphur, a.k.a. Fedora 9, was introduced with the Linux 2.6.25 kernel, X Server 1.5 pre-release, and GCC 4.3.0. Finally, Fedora 10 Snapshot 3 shipped with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X Server 1.5.2, and GCC 4.3.2. These package versions roughly correlate with the Ubuntu releases that occurred during the same periods, but there are a few differences.

This time around we didn't run any graphics tests and focused the testing upon the areas where there were notable differences between the Ubuntu releases.

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