Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
My speed increases with Crux Linux are not limited to a 16-second startup and a usable Firefox. I’m also getting a ~30 frame-per-second increase in video performance, over glxgears in Arch Linux.
Of course, as everyone knows, glxgears is no benchmark, and I did spend a day compiling every little bit of software on this machine (plus two or three hours of troubleshooting my font issue yesterday). But on an 8-year-old computer most people consider an antique, that’s a considerable difference.
Compare that with the framerates I got in Arch, only six months ago and with no difference in hardware. I don’t have reliable numbers to compare for Ubuntu, but I imagine it would be a tiny bit worse still.
The way things are going, I may never have to buy a new computer.