Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jun 2008 21:52 UTC, submitted by Taylor
Mac OS X has published a quick look at Mac OS X Snow Leopard. "The biggest changes are under the hood. Snow Leopard is fast. Very fast. Like, surprisingly fast. From boot times to general application usage, Snow Leopard was noticeably quicker then Leopard when using the same system. Apple and 3rd party applications alike, they all launched faster and performed smoother. I'm sure this can be attributed to the new 64-bit architecture, but its amazing how much of a difference it really is." Screenshots included.
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RE[2]: I wonder
by puenktchen on Fri 27th Jun 2008 16:24 UTC in reply to "RE: I wonder"
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"I wonder if they simply imported a lot of the changes from freebsd 7, or if that is even possible now with their darwin kernel?

Most of OSX's FreeBSD bits are userland, not kernel.

well yes but code from freebsd still is an important part of the kernel. if i remember correctly, originally a big part of the freebsd kernel was bolted on top of mach and combined with the driver subsystem io-kit. that's why the bad multithreading support of bsd affected xnu too. most programms don't call mach directly but through bsd-threads.

but i have no idea how much room for improvement is left and if the improvements of freebsd 7 are of any use for xnu. if they happened in a part of the kernel covered by mach, they aren't. but i think that the bsd-part also provided the posix threading model and that has been improved in freebsd 7. apple syncronised the bsd-part of xnu with freebsd 5 in darwin 7 (osx 10.3).

Here's an interesting statistic, the /bsd folder of the XNU kernel tar ball accounts for 49.2% of the untarred size on disk.


Edited 2008-06-27 16:34 UTC

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