On Wed, 27 Jan 1999 05:44:41 GMT,
brought forth the following words...:
>>: >I am wondering how Linux's memory management compares to Windows'. I
>>: >know that Linux can run on less hardware,
>>: Huh? Linux runs on at least Intel, Sparc, Alpha, ARM, and PPC.
>>: Dave Cook
>>You're miss interpreting the post, it meant lower powered
>>hardware, not fewer platforms
>Heh-heh, the old "less vs. fewer" distinction that even many journalists
>screw up today. I would have said, "can run on less-powerful hardware" or
>resource hungry." Actually, I would have said neither, because I think that
>another Linux myth. Sure, barebones Linux can run on low-powered hardware.
>DOS. But when you start talking about GNOME-Enlightenment or even KDE, and
>suites like Star Office, you probably need at least as much horsepower as
>Windows-MS Office combination, in order to get similar response.
If you want to compare no X linux with DOS, I think you'll be disapointed
in DOS< no command line history, tab completion, etc, heck, dos doesn't
even compare very well to bash+emacs, let alone all of a non-x distro.
On the other hand, MSDOS will run on 8088, standard Linux won't.
Quote:>I understand the new kernel (2.2) performs quite a bit better than earlier
>but I haven't had a chance to try this first-hand. Anyway, I'd like to see some
>scientific evidence that a Linux with all the options (power windows, power seats) is
>any less demanding on hardware than Windows.
Well ,all I can give is personal observations, loading netscape takes about
the same amount of time, as that is mostly a hw IO issue I think, but
running a compile in the background, the general feel and responsivenes goes
to linux, _Unless_ the app is statically linked to motif. Then it's a dog
under anything other than optimum conditions. But GTK+ seems to be real snappy.
I run top, emacs, cpuload, sometimes a compile, and a cd ripper in the bg all
the time, unless I switch virtual desktops (something that I don't think
W/NT can even do stock.) I don't even notice the load, even though the
cpuload is at near 95%. If there is heavy disk access, then doing something
that adds to the disk queue is noticable. But playing hexplode is unaffectd.
Anarchist, pagan and proud of it
Linux, because life's too short for a buggy OS.