What have really changed?
Posted Dec 16, 2011 19:23 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: 2011: The Year of Linux Disappointments (Datamation)
Parent article: 2011: The Year of Linux Disappointments (Datamation)
This checkpoint/restore stuff is so PalmOS; it's surprising that a decade+ later, with 100x the hardware resources, it's still considered necessary/appropriate.
It's not surprising at all. Hardware may be 1000x more powerful (you mussed one order of magnitude), but system requirements grew 1000x, too. Think about it: Pilot 5000 had 512K of memory and 160x160x1bpp screen. Full system memory was large enough to keep contents of about 163 screens. "Latest and greatest" uber-powerful Galaxy Nexus has 1GB of memory and 1280*720*24bpp screen. Full system memory is large enough to keep about 388 screens.
This means that, relatively speaking, hardware resources are about 2-3 times more powerful then they were back then. So... why exactly do you expect radically increased capabilities WRT multitasking? AFAIK N900 is extremely painful to use exactly because it tries to use "true multitasking" on the hardware which is just not powerful enough.
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