With Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu each deploying a different
desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, and Xfce respectively), how do each of
these distributions compare performance-wise? We have taken two systems --
one with dual Intel Clovertown processors and the other an AMD Sempron --
and tested out each of these distributions in some of our commonly used
Linux benchmarks to see how the performance truly stacks up. In this
article we will be presenting part one of our results.