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SubjectRe: 2.2.0 wishlist
> system performance.  I was quite horrified comparing my Sparc clone
> (SunOS 403) which had 8MB (12ms SCSI2 in SCSI1 mode HD) versus a 8MB
> 486/33 (10ms ISA IDE HD) ... Granted the 486 would be slower, but the
> Sparc has a BIG problem with RAM since the kernel eats up 3 MB (whereas
> Linux kernels take up around 1MB) However, SunOS works with swap much
> more smoothly than the 486 box under heavy load (you can actually do
> stuff on the sparc when the 486 is crawling).

put a slow bus mastering isa controller on the 486 and you'll notice a
1000% improvement in doing things while swapping... basically, IDE just
sucks... I get better perfomance on my 486 dx2-66 with scsi than on a p90
with IDE as soon as it starts hitting swap.

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