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Pettenò: Debunking x32 myths
Posted Jun 28, 2012 17:34 UTC (Thu) by jzbiciak (✭ supporter ✭, #5246)
In any case, whether it's true or not, the perception that "ricers prefer Gentoo" is far from new. There's an entire website devoted to mocking them, and that website is ooooooollld. (Almost as old as Gentoo.)
There are plenty of folk who know what they're doing, I'm sure. At the same time, there is (or at least was) a visible crowd whose competence seems to barely rise above "script kiddie," applying the equivalent of "go faster stripes" to their computer. (20 years ago, I probably would have been no different, I must admit.) If the latter crowd thinks x32 is the latest "go faster stripes" that will magically make their computer a gazillion times faster, then they need to be told why that's not the case.
Anyway, I don't really have an opinion on whether Diego's post was aimed at that crowd. I saw some valid criticisms, and some odd attention to multiply latency. *shrug*
What I'd really like to see is some comprehensive benchmarks. Now *that* might be interesting. One I'd particularly like to see is "memory footprint of Firefox after loading these 100 tabs." ;-) These days, that seems to be the most common resource hog on my own machine, cycle or RAM-wise.
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