Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 13th Mar 2004 09:07 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we feature a very interesting interview with well known *BSD hacker Matthew Dillon over his latest project, DragonFly BSD (also known for his Linux kernel contributions, Amiga C compiler hacking back in the day and the Backplane distributed database). Matthew discusses DragonFly's status, goals, the overall BSD platform, innovation, and more. Update: Added one more question at the end of the Q&A.
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Getting the GUI to run isn't a problem, and has little
to do with the kernel. Oh, DragonFly isn't just a kernel?
So what, it's not like they are going to develop their
own entire GUI.

The difference is throughput vs. responsiveness (interactivity). On the "server" it costs you (in throughput)
if you are too heavily weighted towards "interactivity".
On the "desktop" it's the reverse.

No, you cannot have the best of both worlds. When I log into
my "server" it SHOULD keep high throughput and my interactive
(shell) process should not get the kind of response it needs
on the desktop.


There are of course many many areas where better desktop
performance IS the same as better server performance, eg
threads scalability. But my point is that the answer to
the question leaves something to be desired.