Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Nov 2006 10:55 UTC, submitted by Jean Claude
Linux French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. There will be 1154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email client.
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RE[4]: Things to consider
by angryrobot on Mon 27th Nov 2006 15:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Things to consider"
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Besides, linux loves Caching, thus your memory will be consumed with cache then when more applications start they will start using swap space...

Yes and no. Linux caches because it's much more effective than what windows does. And no it won't affect swapping because if linux needs more memory it takes it from the cached part which are oldest (afaik, I don't know the choice algorithm).

You are absolutely right. One of the keys of how Linux uses RAM can be summed up with the statement "Unused RAM is useless RAM". That is to say, if the RAM is just sitting there unused, then what good is it? Linux caches aggressively so that the system runs faster, putting items in the buffer cache so they don't need to be read from disk every time.

Naive Windows users think this means Linux "needs more RAM than Windows", but that's truly not the case. It doesn't "need" it, but it will use it if available to make the system run faster.

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