Which Linux distro is fastest is a question that's about to be answered. Oregon State University (OSU) has initiated a benchmark-fest, dubbed Beaver Challenge 2004, designed to pitch six major Linux distros against each other, plus three BSDs. The move follows an earlier project whose methodology drew considerable flak. After the team's distro has been loaded onto the systems by OSU's open source lab staff, teams will run and tweak the benchmarks on four Dell 2650 rack-mount servers over a period of three days. Both 2.4 and 2.6 Linux kernels will be benchmarked. The decision as to which system wins is in the hands of OSU. The OSU is inviting teams to register and has set up a forum for discussions of how the benchmarks should be run and what should be tested. Timescales for the project have yet to be announced.