An interview with Linus Torvalds
Posted Jul 3, 2003 1:07 UTC (Thu) by StevenCole
In reply to: An interview with Linus Torvalds
Parent article: An interview with Linus Torvalds
My experience with recent 2.5.x kernels for desktop use has
been different. After several hours of heavy use, the 2.5 systems
remain responsive, while the default kernels of RedHat 9 and Mandrake
9.1 become less responsive and make more use of swap. The mouse with 2.5 is much slower and I have to
increase the pointer acceleration in KDE to make 2.5 useable.
Your mileage does vary, and it's important that your
issues get resolved.
Linus's dual AMD box from two years
ago was assembled about 3 blocks from where I lived at the time.
Nice machine then, nice machine now.
Recently he's been using a 4-way desktop (according to a post on lkml),
so he may not notice some regressions which are evident to others.
As Linus pointed out above:
...it's always hard to anticipate everything that pops up when a lot of
new people start moving over from 2.4.x to 2.6.x.
Desktop useability will always be one of the most important things. Maybe Linus
will announce 2.6.0-test1 at OLS next month, which will likely increase the
number of testers substantially.
I hope those testers having difficulties will complain loudly
and intelligently enough to be heard.
As mbp noted, distributers can and do provide differing kernels for differing
purposes, but this can and should only be carried so far. If the core code
diverges too far from what is optimal for desktop use, then maintaining those
different kernels will become an increasing burden.
to post comments)