Features no excuse
Posted Oct 5, 2009 10:34 UTC (Mon) by eru
In reply to: LinuxCon: Kernel roundtable covers more than just bloat
Parent article: LinuxCon: Kernel roundtable covers more than just bloat
Features costs performance.
But if you don't use the features, you should not need to pay the price! If I understand correctly, the slowdown has been seen in repeatable benchmarks that can be run on both old and new kernel versions. Therefore the benchmarked code certainly isn't using any new features, but it still gets slowed down. Not justifiable.
You could have a LIGHTNING FAST DOS box today. What good would it do you?
Bad comparison. MS-DOS always had severe problems that really did not have much to do with its small footprint. It was brain-damaged already on day one. An OS that does more or less what MS-DOS did, but in a sensible and stable way might still be useful.
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