The Linux desktop may soon be a lot faster
Nov 17, 2010, 13:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Linux is fast. That's why 90%+ of the Top 500 fastest
supercomputers run it. What some people don't realize is that Linux
is much better at delivering speed for servers and supercomputers
than it is on the desktop. That was by design. But over the last
few years, there's been more interest in delivering fast desktop
performance. Now there's a Linux kernel patch that may give you a
faster, much faster, desktop experience.
"The patch by Linux kernel developer Mike Galbraith adds a mere
233 lines of code to the kernel's scheduler, but it cuts desktop
latency down by a factor of ten. That's impressive — it's
almost like getting a new computer."