Matt will attest the fact that I eagerly download each and every new Fedora release, hoping that this release will be one I could see myself using long term. Fedora 11 Leonidas is out and one of the marked improvements is the release of RPM 4.7.0, which has much better memory management. I wanted to see if this translates into performance gains in every day computing and have written an article for Linux Magazine with my findings.
An interesting test, but I suspect you’ve completely confounded the results by using the newer kernel in F11.
It would be much more interesting to see the same tests done on F10, but with one set done on the standard F10 and the other on F10 which had been upgraded to the newer version of RPM (with YUM held at the F10 version if possible).
Hey Chris, you’re right and I’m sure there are plenty of other factors that come into play (I touched on a few of these in the article). I guess the main point is that the results were not very different, so even if the newer kernel influenced things positively then it wasn’t by very much, either that or Yum is even slower in Leonidas 😉
Either way, the (admittedly limited and potentially flawed) tests show that Leonidas didn’t super out-perform Cambridge.