Question - were there any substantive changes to VL6 between RC4 and the final version?
Congratulations to the Vector team on the new release!
Sorry, I don't have a changelog. But there have been numerous changes between the two.
I'm curious about this. Did you all compile the kernel itself differently, say doing something like altering the scheduler, for these various versions?
As far as I know of the kernel is still the same compilation. One thing that we try to do here in VL, is to keep as much usability in the free version as we do in the Deluxe. We do not hinder the free version in any way, like some other distro's are known to do.
As for the technical details on what makes it seem to perform better on Deluxe than Free.. well, All I can really tell you about it is that for one thing, even though the graphics are higher quality, they are smaller in file size, this helps a lot. The other thing I've noticed is the theming method that was chosen on XFCE's desktop, it just runs better as in more snapier.
You may get different results than I do on my test machine, but I'm sure those results would show some improvement. I'm just telling my findings. I have been using the free version all throught on that test machine, while it was being built and tested. It has, since Beta stages, ran quite well. When it came time for the Deluxe, I noticed an improvement. I have not done the stop watch timing, nor have I looked at the resource loads or any of that. I just go by what I see and feel.
And the test machine is certainly SLOW to me since I have much faster systems that can run circles around it all day long. Anything that makes that thing feel a bit faster, I am sure to point it out.