Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 16:29 UTC
Mac OS X Adam Fields and Perry Metzger have been investigating the serious performance issues people are experiencing with Lion. "Frequent beachballs, general overall slowness and poor UI responsivness, specific and drastic slowdowns on every Time Machine run, high memory utilization in Safari Web Content, mds, and kernel_task processes, large numbers of page outs even with a good deal of available RAM, and high amounts of RAM marked as inactive which is not readily freed back to other applications, with page outs favored." Apparently the issue is that the "virtual memory manager is bad at managing which pages should be freed from the inactive state and which ones should be paged out to disk". I won't make myself popular with a certain part of our readership, but really, is this considered a new problem? Mac OS X has always had terrible memory management, and where Windows has continuously become better at it, Mac OS X seems to have been stagnant and even getting worse. This is what happens when the company earns 2/3s of its revenue somewhere else.
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by BeOSJim on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 18:18 UTC
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I like the way the story end with "This is what happens when the company earns 2/3s of its revenue somewhere else."

Is this like saying that since General Electric makes everything from jet engines to healthcare to appliances to televisions that the lightbulbs they make aren't very good?

Since Microsoft makes money elsewhere and loses it with Bing, that must not be any good either?

Since Coca-cola owns Minute Maid and less than 2/3 of its revenue comes from that, then it must not be very good either...

I know my examples are ridiculous, but I wanted to make a point about that line.

I do I agree with the story, the memory management needs a lot of work.

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