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Re: [News] GNU/Linux Desktop Ahead of the Rest in USB 3.0 Support, Other Features

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____/ Homer on Monday 07 Sep 2009 22:59 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee, that 7 spake thusly:
>> Micoshaft Appil asstroturfing fraudster pounding the sock Hadron
>> wrote on behalf of Half Wits from Micoshaft Appil Department of
>> Marketing:
>>>> http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1532636/new-linux-kernal-speeds-desktop
>>> Not bad Roy. Up to date. But not good for current Linux desktops:
>>> ,----
>>> | Currently desktop software slows down when its path jumps to a
>>> | part of the code that is not cached in memory and needs to be
>>> | paged-in from disk. That can be caused by poor memory management
>>> | that doesn't scale all that well in the desktop environment.
>>> `----
> You missed this:
> [quote]
> In Linux kernel version 2.6.31, developers have added some heuristics to
> make it much harder for 'mapped executable pages' to get moved out of
> the list of active pages.
> Benchmarks on memory-constrained desktops show clock time and major
> page-faults reduced by 50 per cent, and memory reads from disk are
> reduced by about two-thirds.
> According to Techworld, this means that X desktop responsiveness is
> doubled under high memory pressure. According to memory flushing
> benchmarks the number of major page-faults dropped from 50 to 3 during
> 10 per cent cache hot reads.
> This coupled with kernel mode-setting support for ATI Radeon graphics
> cards will make the Linux 2.6.31 kernel a significant jump on the desktop.
> [/quote]
> According to the Vole's KB938979, "poor memory management" occurs on
> Vista prior to SP1 too, although given the vast bloat in Vista, that's
> pretty much unavoidable.
>>> Whoops!
> [snip articles about how Linux will support USB3 before Windows]

I'm on Linux 2.6.31 at the moment and it's fantastic. KDE4 is a lot lighter than KDE3 on this 
system, the GPU gives 2-3 more frames (per second) than it used to, and booting takes half a 
minutes. It's like an entirely different machine, thanks to fast advancements in Linux development 
(also ext4).

BTW, did I mention you've _GOT_ to try KDE 4.3? :->

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