Back in April I did some very rough performance measurements of my new notebook vs. my desktop machine:
Back then I got the following numbers for a complete build of CMake:
Desktop, AMD Athlon XP2000+: 3:59 min
The conclusion was that it's time to upgrade my development machine. I did that last week.
Here's the number for make -j4: 0:33 min
Yes, that's 33 s compared to 359 second on my "old" machine.
Now that's a real big improvement ! :-)
Before that Intel all CPUs I bought (except notebooks) were AMD. Why did I go for Intel now ?
Beside that, I would have probably gone for AMD again.
Now there is also a new shiny Slackware 12.1 running on the box. Installation went smoothly, actually I didn't have to know anything, everything was configured fully automatically. Almost too easy. But of course in good old Slackware-style still completely in text mode :-)
Btw. the notebook will probably get a new SUSE 11.1 as soon as it is released. I heard just from too many problems with kUbuntu 8.10. Both kUbuntu 8.10 and SUSE 11.1 are AFAIK the first distros which will come with a kernel version with improved support for the Intel 3945 wlan. It's actually not really nice to have to upgrade the distro in order to get a newer version of a device driver.