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    SubjectRe: Memory Rusting Effect [re: Linux hostile to poverty]


    On Mon, 20 Jul 1998, Raj Dutt wrote:

    > Linus Torvalds wrote:
    >
    > > On Sun, 19 Jul 1998, Andrej Presern wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > Don't get me wrong - I'll make sure it works on an 8MB machine, but I
    > > > > won't consider it a showstopper if it is noticeably slower than 2.0.x on
    > > > > such a machine.
    > > >
    > > > Windows have been there, done that. And people decided they didn't like
    > > > it and went to Linux. History repeats?
    > >
    > > Raising the bar has to be done. Windows issn't so much about raising the
    > > bar, as of doing it _badly_ (and excessively, in the case of WinNT).
    >
    > At this point, ask ourselves.. is the role of Linux still in the rusty old PCs
    > inthe backroom? Or has the OS gained enough momentum and respect to start
    > to be commonly used in brand new, high end hardware. This is very relatedto how
    > much the bar should be raised.
    >
    Keeping it running on rusty old PCs has a significant benefit, *if*
    the programming effort isn't too high. When a system runs fine on low end
    machines it will fly on high end machines. Inefficiences that are masked
    on decent half-gig RAM machines are exposed and easily debugged on low end
    machines.

    I have seen this process work in the Apple MacOS world, where developers
    keep around older/slower machines just for that purpose.

    John Alvord


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