[ntp:questions] Which version of Linux works best?

Matt Nordhoff mnordhoff at mattnordhoff.com
Wed Mar 10 19:40:18 UTC 2010

David J Taylor wrote:
> Yes, I know it's one of those low long is a piece of string questions,
> but I'm now considering a dual-core Intel Atom system, which is
> "Compatible with Linux" according the the very minimal blurb I have
> right now.  If the system is to be used purely for NTP with Linux as a
> serial-port GPS/PPS stratum-1 server (and, yes, I know dual-core isn't
> needed for that, but I might want to boot Windows-7 64-bit
> occasionally), and considering that I know very little about Linux,
> which version of Linux would the group recommend?  Does it make any
> difference as far as timekeeping is concerned?
> Two secondary questions:
> - how much better might FreeBSD be than Linux?  Any actual measurements?
> - and one for Bill, how much better might chrony be than official NTP?
> Does it have a preferred Linux, or even freeBSD?
> The system would /not/ be in a temperature controlled environment.
> Thanks,
> David

If you're into using development releases of NTP, it's worth noting that
there are Debian packages available, so you don't have to compile your own:


(Although I don't use Debian Lenny myself, so I can't confirm they're
well-maintained or anything.)
Matt Nordhoff

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