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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
PostgreSQL 9.3 beta: Federated databases and more
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(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
ELC2009: Visualizing memory usage with smem
Posted Apr 30, 2009 4:29 UTC (Thu) by pabs (subscriber, #43278)
Posted May 1, 2009 17:04 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
This is a standard problem with free software developers. Forks, rewrites, embedded code copies, hundreds of different editors/music players/etc. This is a social problem that will probably never go away,
And to put a finer point on it, it is a political problem. For many of us, it is far easier, and more satisfying, to develop and distribute an alternative to xyz than to get the people who control xyz to see things our way and cooperate to distribute our work.
Posted Apr 30, 2009 8:57 UTC (Thu) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
I would be interested to know about pre-existing top variants that give information as simple to understand as the pie chart found in the article. Could you please name (at least) one?
I would also be interested to understand why Nackall had to write some kernel patches if such simple information was already available. Any clue?
Posted May 1, 2009 16:53 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
I would be interested to know about pre-existing top variants that give information as simple to understand as the pie chart found in the article.
I think you missed the point. dberkholz isn't saying there is already a top variant that has all the features of smem. He's suggesting it would have been better to add the features to one of the existing ones than to create a separate program.
Posted Apr 30, 2009 10:24 UTC (Thu) by jldugger (subscriber, #57576)
Posted May 2, 2009 2:26 UTC (Sat) by GreyWizard (guest, #1026)
In other words, people keep writing new ones because this is the most effective way to make progress.
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