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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I figured I could do a little benchmarking myself to see if my choice of lightweight Linux distribution could be substantiated by hard figures: VectorLinux Light 6.0 and Zenwalk 6.0.
Both distributions were installed on the same machine. The hard disk was partitioned into two partitions: primary bootable partition formatted with ext3, logical Linux swap partition of standardized, (RAM*2)+10% size: 570 MB. During installation, no advanced options were considered, if possible, I just “clicked though it”. I then checked the distributions with version and uname -r to make sure what I had before me.
Zenwalk is version 6.0 w/ kernel 126.96.36.199
VectorLinux Light is version 6.0 w/ kernel 188.8.131.52
Boot time test: Time from press of power button to fully loaded desktop (including typing user name and password). Obviously not the most precise of tests, but timed with a digital stopwatch at least.
Zenwalk: ~ 90 secs.
VectorLinux Light: ~ 75 secs.
GtkPerf I: 3 consecutive runs with 100 test rounds directly after reboot.