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Old 2007-01-31, 14:19   #4
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I'd say the performance will be pretty much the same. Maybe some distros will use different window managers which can be a resouce hog to different extents, but usually all of them let you switch to a WM you like. Different distros may also run a different number of daemons in the background which will eat some cpu cycles, though usually not too much so, and you can always disable the ones you don't need.

If you use arithmetic libraries like GMP, please don't use the packaged one that comes with the distro. It's usually configured for the least common denominator, i.e. a plain Pentium, and will perform horribly on a modern machine.

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