Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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RE[6]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by Neolander on Mon 17th May 2010 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
Neolander
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Then, think about UNIX's traditional startup process : it runs a script shell, which then sequentially runs several tasks.


Yes. I can't imagine why you want to multi-task during startup, though. If you have a hardware issue,can you image debugging it in a multi-tasking scenario??? *shudders*
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The reason for multitasking the startup process is simple, actually : during startup, there is a lot of IO-bound tasks. Waiting for IO is wasting precious time. Let's suppose that you want to connect to the internet at boot time. Wireless connection + DHCP request and acknowledgement takes, say, 5 seconds. During those 5 seconds, you could have loaded several modules from the HDD.

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