eeePCs and swap partition, or lack thereof
I've heard that the official eeePC linux, xandros, does not have a swap partition by default, with the explanation that it would create more accesses to the sdd, making it slower than it would be if it were relying only on the RAM.
Phoronix has a few benchmark tests with eeePCs and various linux distributions, and Xandros does exceptionally better over the competition in the write performance:
Could this advantage be attributed to the lack of swap partition, or does Xandros has something specially designed to be better for eeePCs in this regard?
However, here the Eee-optimized Xandros distribution won both for random read and for write performance. The margins were small for Bonnie++ but Xandros had a noticeable lead with IOzone write performance.
In some tests the stock Eee Linux distribution was running quite slow and placing far behind Mandriva, Fedora, and Ubuntu, but when it came to the solid-state disk performance Xandros had the lead. Overall though, it appears that Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4 had delivered the best performance on the Intel Atom architecture.
[Phoronix] ASUS Eee PC 901 / Intel Atom: Linux Distribution Comparison