Still waiting for swap prefetch
Posted Jul 25, 2007 23:04 UTC (Wed) by elanthis
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_Linux_ has been getting worse, or the shit that people use on their systems is getting worse?
I run 2GB in my home machine, but I don't think I've ever seen the memory peak over 1GB of actual usage. Over 60% of that is just file caches and the like - unnecessary but nice performance enhancements, basically.
Now, there are some things that we use these days that eat up a shit load of memory. My mail client has to track some 40,000 messages among all my folders. Firefox has to deal with Youtube videos. I have Tracker indexing my file system. I have more data in a single file than a hard-drive 15 years ago could even hold.
There is a lot of fat in the current desktop system, that is for sure. Ubuntu and Red Hat both have this obsession with Python, which is about as bloaty a language as you can get, and then they write crappy apps in Python that would be slow as molasses even in C because they use crappy algorithms.
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