Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 19:51 UTC, submitted by Kaj de Vos
Syllable, AtheOS

Kristian Van Der Vliet has implemented asynchronous input/output. This has been tested with QEmu, which shows increased performance both due to this and the also new implementation of memory-mapped files. A development build with async I/O is already available.

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Mark Williamson
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I've always disliked bounties. I'd prefer people contribute because they want to, not because there might be money in it.

I'd say bounties are potentially good for when people want to contribute but need a little bit of external motivation (or they need a justification for spending time on it that could be used on non-hobby stuff, perhaps). Still I think you make a good point ...

I also have concerns that any work that is contributed under a bounty may prove difficult to maintain once the original developer has collected the money: maintaining stuff as Syllable grows is already a problem due to the sheer amount of work involved.

... particularly here! OSS really works when developers maintain their code - a code-drop-and-run policy isn't going to help anyone very much and it would seem that a bounty system might encourage this.

It still perhaps might be nice to have some suggested projects for different parts of the system, though? I had a poke around in the Syllable Kernel code ages ago and remember it being fairly tractable to understand - then I got distracted.

I occasionally wonder if I ought to revisit this; it seems like it would be easier to "make a difference" in contributing to Syllable than to contribute to Linux which already has squillions of hackers doing stuff.

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