I must say I don't know where to create this topic, as it's not to ask assistance but to throw out comments, feedbacks and feelings about testing the
linux-xanmod, asked by @dr460nf1r3. If you feel it should be moved somewhere else, let's do it.
To begin with, at a high level here are my machine's specs (I can throw inxi output if need be):
- AMD 3700x
- X570 PCIe4.0 Mobo
- 16Gb RAM
- 1x Samsung NVMe
- 2x 2.5" Crucial Sata SSDs
- nvidia GTX 1650 OC
I do not do gaming, my usage is every day use with lots of virtualizations and playing videos both from files on the HD or streaming.
I installed xanmod from Pamac and chose the 10.7 version. My BMQ is at 10.9.
Prior to run xanmod, I was testing PDS-ZEN2.
Been running xanmod for a few intensive hours.
- On par with PDS and BMQ booting time, to my eyes and counting seconds it was similar, which is quite quick.
- Smooth experience overall.
- Absolutely no issue for virtualization through VBox, both for Windows-based guests and Linux-guests. The boot time on Windows is very quick and running full screen (seamless) works as if Windows was installed on real hardware. On Linux-guests I even tested full screen video streaming and it was flawless too.
- CPU usage is lower than I expected, both when virtualizing and watching 4K youtube videos, but I have more tests to do on that one to confirm whether it's just an impression or real facts, a lot of stuff can affect CPU usage. However I can tell the usage is not high.
- CPU governors seem a little different than BMQ. For example when I enable "performance" it doesn't stick at my max non-boosted (I have disabled boost to test this) 3.6Ghz, it floats between 3.5 and 3.6. BMQ was sticking at 3.6Ghz dead all the time. More tests required on that one as well to tests all governors between kernels.
At the time of writing this, I am very pleased and it is a kernel I am sticking with.
So what's your feedback on your tests?