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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] i386: Selectable Frequency of the Timer Interrupt
    On Thu, 14 Jul 2005, Linus Torvalds wrote:

    > So the _sane_ way to do timeouts is to define an _arbitrary_ clock that is
    > just an integer counter. None of this "nanoseconds + full seconds" crap.
    > None of this stupid confusion with "real time". You select something that
    > is conceptually _clearly_ somethign else, and that will never get confused
    > when root sets the time backwards or anything like that.
    >
    > In other words, you select the thing we call "jiffies".

    AFAIK John simply wants to change jiffies to count in nanoseconds since
    bootup and then call it "clock_monotonic". One 64 bit value no splitting
    into seconds and nanoseconds anymore. This allows arbitrary length
    intervals between timer interrupts.

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