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Linux 2.6.31's best five features

Sep 14, 2009, 20:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"1) USB 3 Support. This is the big one. We've been connecting our devices to our PCs with USB ports instead of serial or parallel ports for some time now, and that's been good. USB 2.0 has a maximum throughput of 480Mbps (Megabits per second). That's fast, but these days, when you might want to move a gigabyte plus of movie from one device to another, it's not fast enough. So, the USB vendors have been working on USB 3.0, which is almost 10-times faster than USB 2.

"...But now, Linux's memory management has been improved so that currently running programs stay on top of the list of active memory pages. The bottom line is that on overloaded PCs, or just desktops like netbooks with limited memory, you get much better performance. Technical benchmarks show that netbook users and other people who run Linux on limited memory systems can except to see a desktop that's up to 50% faster than it's been in the recent past."

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