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[8]: Apple Plist, Lazy Loading
by saynte on Mon 24th Oct 2011 05:38 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Apple Plist, Lazy Loading"
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You'd never mmap and share a file you had to then repeatedly parse, since deserialization of GVariant data is basically trivial, the clients can do it at will. This is mostly besides the point, though.

The switch to binary was *part of* a switch to a faster system, and the entire switch saved them seconds on the start-up time.

It's not premature optimization when they analyze their start-up, see that config loading is taking too long, then address that. That's PRECISELY how you should optimize. You may not agree with their solution, but it works, and it addresses the problem.

There's no real reason to hate on binary files (or text files), each have their advantages and disadvantages.

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