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Re: Are we losing users to Gentoo?

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On Wednesday 31 March 2004 03:01 pm, Matthias Urlichs wrote:
> Hi, Sean Harshbarger wrote:
> > It would be nice to have support for optimized
> > binaries. IMHO it would help Debian out a lot.
> As far as I recall, the performance gains from compiling everything with
> your-favorite-optimizer-settings aren't _that_ great -- typically smaller
> than what you'd gain by waiting a couple of months before buying your
> computer.
> If you have a performance problem, recompiling the pieces that actually
> are too slow is still faster than to wait for your box to compile
> *everything*. For myself, however, I fail to see the point.
> (In a previous life, I ran an entire ISP on my own home-brew
> Linux distribution. You might brand me as a masochist, but you can't
> accuse me of not knowing whereof I speak. ;-)
> --
> Matthias Urlichs

I've seen some benchmarking on this from a friend of mine and for most apps 
you see a very slight gain, but nothing that makes it a "must have" option, 
especially when you weigh the downside (needing the time to rebuild the app 
locally). The overall gain I noted from his tests suggested about +0.75% gain 
in performance. For me, I'd rather be using my machine for something more 

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