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Linux 3.0 Will Be Faster Than 2.6.39 179

sfcrazy writes "While we were thinking that the announcement of 3.x branch was nothing more than Linus' mood swing, it seems there is more to it. Linus wrote on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, '3.0 will still be noticeably faster than 2.6.39 due to the other changes made (ie the read-ahead), so yes, the regression itself is fixed.'"
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Linux 3.0 Will Be Faster Than 2.6.39

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  • Faster? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ZombieBraintrust ( 1685608 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @07:01PM (#36561920)
    What does faster mean? What will be faster? Are they talking huge Linux servers or Linux Desktops? Latency? User Interface?
  • Copypasta (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Gothmolly ( 148874 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @07:04PM (#36561954)

    Nice way to be a simple news aggregator, Slashdotitors. Is Roland Piquipaille on your staff?

  • Re:Faster? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TarMil ( 1623915 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @07:34PM (#36562340)
    Well, the subject of the news is the kernel, not the rest of the OS.
  • Re:Windows 8 (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Annirak ( 181684 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @07:56PM (#36562570)

    Windows Vista was slower than Windows XP.

    You win some, you lose some.

  • Re:prefetch() (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Annirak ( 181684 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @07:58PM (#36562596)

    If this is the case, wouldn't CONFIG_USE_PREFETCH be a better solution?

  • Re:Windows 8 (Score:4, Insightful)

    by aeoo ( 568706 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @09:18PM (#36563340) Journal

    On shitty hardware, yes.

    When you compare two versions of the same operating system to determine which version is faster, you always use the exact same hardware configuration for both.

  • Re:Marketing (Score:2, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday June 25, 2011 @06:37AM (#36566458) Journal

    The problem I have is NOT flash, which as you said works pretty good, it is that you can't update Linux because the drivers WILL shit themselves and die!

    Want proof? proof that nobody here can deny? here you go...why does Dell, one of the largest OEMs on the planet, have to disable the repos on every. single. Ubuntu machine they sell and deal with the hassle and expense of running their own repo, even for a small subset of the hardware they sell? Why because if they don't Linux breaks drivers [] oh fun oh joy!

    It is THIS that I am talking about how mainstream is ignored by the geek brigade. linux is built BY geeks and FOR geeks and as geeks they think because THEY know how to recompile drivers, how to do forum hunts with a list of what make/model/rev of hardware they have, find a fix, and then "tweak" said fix because it was written for hardware B rev f and they have hardware D rev j that anyone can do it, and that is about as far from the truth as from here to Jupiter.

    This is why small retailers like me won't carry your product even though it would save us a fortune it license fees, it is why Walmart and every other B&M that has tried offering your product has dropped it, why a 10 year old Windows beat the latest Linux on netbooks [] and why early adopters like ASUS has all but abandoned your product [].

    When your product is free, yet all these companies, from little ones like mine to fortune 500 giants, would rather pay money than use your product? That should tell you that you have a problem. Nobody cares if you have the coolest most secure low resource OS on the planet if in 6 months when the updates roll out the box shits itself and dies. The average user isn't gonna jump through flaming hoops just to be "free as in freedom!" and I can't afford to give away lifetime support.

    Oh and PLEASE don't say LTS, as long as Linux software is tied to the kernel you might as well call that an out of date unpatched OS, because that is what it is. Oh and please don't say "Use Distro X" where X equals any distro other than the half a dozen I've already tried, since we all know that they are all based on a few "mother sauces" and so far I've tried Ubuntu, mint, PCLinuxOS, and Mepis, oh and Mandriva, and ALL had the same result. Updates roll out/ something breaks. With Windows they get on average a decade of security patches with NO driver issues. I have yet to even update a single machine twice, that equals roughly 18 months of support depending on the distro, without something breaking. Gentlemen that is simply unacceptable.

    Now feel free to call me nasty names and mode me down, as I've noticed that anyone that says anything other than "gee isn't Linux perfect? Why it sure is Biff, and RMS's farts smell like roses!" gets modded to hell and called the Linux equivalent of faggot and nigger, that is shill and astroturfer.

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