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TinyMinds.org: Interview with a Kernel Hacker

Dec 19, 2002, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to John Paul for this link. ]

"TM: On to the actual questions, as Tinyminds.org is primarily a desktop user Linux site we were wondering if you would tell us a bit about the changes the desktop user can expect in the upcoming kernel 2.6?

"RML: Desktop users can expect a bit in 2.6, which is somewhat surprising as the goals of 2.5 were primarily to improve scalability and reduce bottlenecks in large machines.

"First off, of course, there is the preemptive kernel. The preemptive kernel makes the kernel schedule preemptively like user-space, as opposed to schedule cooperatively. This improves process response by allowing a freshly woken up process to immediately preempt the running task, even if the task is inside the kernel..."

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