Micro$oft bloatware proved (Re: GCC/G++ vs Other guys)

Micro$oft bloatware proved (Re: GCC/G++ vs Other guys)

Post by David T. Wa » Fri, 04 Oct 1996 04:00:00

: There was another interesting example in this month's Byte.

: They compared WinNT 4.0 on a 6x86 chip and a Pentium Pro. In all the beta
: versions, the two chips had similar performance and NT 4.0 was _faster_
: than NT 3.51 and Win95.

: In the release version, the above was also true of the Pentium Pro.
: Interestingly, on the 6x86 system, there was a _huge_ slowdown in all the
: tests. Microsoft admitted it and said something about inserting code to
: correct for the instability of the 6x86.

For some reason, NT 4.0 doesn't quite like the Write Back cache on the
6X86's L1.  So it would work for 99.9999% of the time, but apparently fom time
to time it would hiccup, (excuse the extremely technical discussion :)
So code with MS inserted checks for 6x86 cpus, and if it found one, disabled
the L1 cache to do Write-Through only.  This would account for the ~20%
performance hit reported.

Apparently NT4.0 is heating up demand for the P6 as well, the demand for
P6 has now outstripped supply, and Intel is putting its customers on
allocation for P6's now.  Cyrix, OTOH, has plenty of CPUs, and has just
announced a big price cut.  Its 133 Mhz 6x86, (P166+) now goes for $156.

: I sure hope the DOJ is watching this one, too.

: --
: Regards,       Joe Ragosta


1. RedHat VS or AND Micro$oft


I have recently purchased and installed Redhat 5.2, and I don't know if it's
just me, but if RedHat continues on the way it is, it may well be the Linux
equivalent of Micro$oft one day.
I must say however, that I wouldn't mind if it did, the installation took me
about 10 minutes from start ( fdisk ) to finish ( running KDE ), not because
I'm good, but because it was really easy to do.  ( And I only had to reboot
once )

Only difference between a RH 5.2 install and a win98 install is that you
don't have a "pretty" graphical installation interface.  With this version,
you even have the choice between Workstation, Server or Custom install...
Nice !  Good Job RedHat.

ps:  I had KDE on diskettes already.   =)

2. capturing stdin && stdout

3. micro$oft vs. open source

4. Allocating specific memory addresses in ELF

5. Micro$oft sound card problems.

6. 3Com 3c900 NIC detected, but no transmit

7. Boycott Micro$oft pages

8. How do you set up a HP DJ820Cxi to work with Linux?

9. Is there an application group like Micro$oft Office for Linux???

10. Micro$oft exec says all os's insecure ... forgets about VMS!

11. NEW: Micro$oft Announcement Template

12. Micro$oft Netmeeting thru linux router

13. demonstrating linux in a micro$oft oriented world