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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
There is one question all new Linux users ask themselves at one point or another:
Which Linux distro do I want to use?
The answer to the question is different for everyone and varies depending on what you are doing with your Linux box. One thing I think many users fail to consider (or perhaps don't care about) is the level of 3D performance their distro gets. You may think that your choice of distribution does not matter in this area, but you will soon see it very much does.
The Software: I used my favorite OpenGL benchmarks made by Unigine Company. The distros I am going to compare are:
Ubuntu 10.04 (Pinguy) - Gnome
Ubuntu 10.10 Beta - Gnome
Linux Mint Rolling Release (Debian Based) - Gnome
Chakra 0.2.1 (Arch Linux Based) - KDE
Fedora 13 - Gnome
Mandriva 2010.1 - KDE
OpenSUSE 11.3 - KDE
PCLinuxOS 2010.07 - KDE
Sabayon 5.3 (Gentoo Based) - KDE
All of the tests where run on clean, fully updated install of each distribution. They use the stock kernel each of the distributions provides. Desktop effects where turned off in all cases.