Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 30th Sep 2003 05:20 UTC
General Development In the dawn of the renovation of's web site, David Zeuthen announced the release of HAL 0.1. HAL is an implementation of a hardware abstraction layer, as defined by Havoc Pennington's paper. It encompasses a shared library for use in applications, a daemon, a hotplug tool, command line tools and a set of stock device info files. Carlos Perelló Marín also announced the design of a similar concept, but it is expected the two projects to merge. More people are encouraged to join this innovative project. Elsewhere, Gnome's Seth Nickell is giving us a first taste of his effort to replace the Init system.
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oGALAXYo is wrong...
by Jason Lotito on Tue 30th Sep 2003 12:07 UTC

I take from his post, he hasn't read the paper it was based on, or pretty much any of the news. This is merely keyboard commentary that is speculative. I can do just as well...

HAL is uber-fast.

There, now I presented has much fact that GALAXY has.

In other news, people always complain about speed. I always hear talk of the lowest common denominator. I also hear people on 2+ Ghz machines saying "Oh, this is so slow I can do anything...".

My thoughts on this are rather simple:

1. Processors are getting faster. This allows for better software design. Sure, it may make the software bigger/larger, but it also makes the software better.

2. People on slow hardware should NOT expect to use bleeding edge stuff. Should the world suffer because people are still holding on to their 386's as desktop machines?

3. Finally, if things run slow on your 2+Ghz machines, you don't have a clue. And you have all seen these posts. These are the guys that a) obviously know what they are doing (sarcasm), b) provide you with a complete rundown of their machine, which is usually pretty fast, and c) complain that everythings runs so SLOW and it's impossible to get any work done.

My assumption is that 90% of the time either they are lying, are morons, or are the type to expect Photoshop to open in 0 ms (making them unrealistic), or the worst, they have every service imaginable running, allowing with a few milllion apps with every single chat service, along with music and a movie playing, while utilizing 20 different high-end marked "will slow you machine down" eye-candys.

After having read the paper a while back, HAL's goals are very good, and will have neglible impact on speed. The benefits are much greater than any potential downside.