Linked by Antonio Ospite on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:35 UTC
Gnome Antonio Ospite explores Gnome 3 in fall-back mode and tries to make it look and behave more like Gnome 2.32 again. This summer Linus Torvalds made it to the news for complaining about the gnome-shell design; Gnome fall-back mode is the solution for those like Linus who can't - or better, do not want to - use gnome-shell just yet.
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RE: Apple Plist, Lazy Loading
by Soulbender on Sat 22nd Oct 2011 22:56 UTC in reply to "Apple Plist, Lazy Loading"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

(Not directed at the gumoz)
The performance argument for binary configuration files is completely bogus.
It's 2011. We have Gb's of memory and CPU's in the multi-Ghz range with multiple cores. Anyone who seriously argues that parsing a few Kb's of text file is going to affect start-up time of an application in any noticeable way is either disingenuous or have no clue about how computers works. This is the worst and most pointless kind of premature optimization.
Want to make your applications and DE better? Create better user interfaces and useful features. That's what users care about.
Absolutely no-one, except a small number of morons, cares about shaving off a few milliseconds in startup time.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

But it is good troll bait for you.

Edited 2011-10-23 01:03 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

That's pretty much all it's good for though, and just barely.

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RE[2]: Apple Plist, Lazy Loading
by saynte on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 06:23 in reply to "RE: Apple Plist, Lazy Loading"
saynte Member since:
2007-12-10

It's not milliseconds, it's seconds as I understand it. Loading settings under GConf goes from 3 seconds (anecdotally they cite 10 seconds is possible) to 0.2 seconds under dconf (by extension I suppose GSettings has a similar performance characteristic).

So the new binary format/system does help them out, although not purely because it is binary, it is better in other ways as well.

http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2009-October/pdfJ...

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

So it's a gconf problem, not a text file problem.
And..10 seconds? Seriously? How crappy must your design be for it to take 10 seconds to read some settings from a text file?

Edited 2011-10-23 06:45 UTC

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