http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_arch_faster&num=1 While we often hear "Arch is faster than Ubuntu" and similar statements in our forums and via email comments, this really is not the case. At least when both Arch and Ubuntu are put in as much a stock configuration as possible to reflect the "out of the box" experience encountered by most users, the numbers shown on this Intel Core 2 Duo notebook show the performance to be about the same. Myth busted once for all, at ubuntu and other linux distro forums, Arch users are the biggest nuisance. Their belief is that since they went through all the hassle of installing Arch, its gotta be faster than Ubuntu, this definitive tests proves that wrong once for all. The Arch fanboyz go around peddling it as a panacea to anyone facing issues with their current distro of choice, they will rant it, try Arch, what for may I ask?