Linked by Kevin Miller on Thu 15th Oct 2009 22:16 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today marks an entire week of using Haiku as my primary operating system. This is my first PC to get the most out of any BeOS related operating system to date. My old 200MHz Toshiba ran R5 PE just fine but without any networking. My eMachine ran Zeta just fine, but once again, there were networking issues (and Zeta was pronounced dead around this time). In the age of the Internet, this pretty much forced me away from BeOS and its decendants until now.
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It isn't the Linux kernel that is the problem. It's the "Linux" userspace.

Developers aren't taking any care with RAM requirements. They hardly ever test with serious amounts of data (Nobody has 500,000 emails in their IMAP. That would be crazy!). They don't stop to think about performance issues with 4,200 RPM laptop drives (We will have our file picker seek all over the disk to read an icon for each file in the directory! Oh, we never tested that with 10,000 files...) And they never examine the disk seek behavior of their application on a cold cache start (Oh, Firefox can read every little xul and css and jar file one at a time to start up...Windows Vista will preload all that for us!)


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ricegf Member since:

Really? Could be, I suppose. I have 14,044 emails via IMAP at the moment without a problem, but I could just be lucky. Or maybe I receive unusually small emails?

Now, 10,000 files in one directory? That's pathological! :-) I created one just to test and opened it on both XP (2 seconds) and Mint with Gnome (35 seconds), so our experiences jive there.

However, Firefox launches *far* faster on Linux than IE7 on XP, even comparing my Linux Starling netbook to my D630 XP notebook. It's more stable, too. And it handles tabs much, much better - on XP, IE7 takes 6-7 seconds before a new tab is available to use (the tab says "Connecting..." until then, and IE7 is frozen), while Firefox opens a new tab as fast as I can type on every Linux machine I've used. But again, perhaps my Linux is better configured than yours. Or perhaps my XP machine (last 3 XP machines, actually ;) ) is badly configured?

I suppose YMMV is the watchword of the day. Overall, though, I find that I'm far more productive on Linux than on XP. We'll see about 7 when it's released next week. :-)

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Vanders Member since:

Now, 10,000 files in one directory? That's pathological! :-) I created one just to test and opened it...with Gnome (35 seconds)

That makes me feel better about the performance of Whisper at least.

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