Subject: Re: MacLinux
To: None <macbsd-general@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Brad Carlson <carlson@Free-Net.Mpls-StPaul.MN.US>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 12/17/1994 16:01:13
> > I only wish that NetBSD/68k got as much press and support.
> So what IS the point of porting linux to the mac.. NetBSD
> is a much better implimentation of unix than linux... 

Building new code on old, stable code yields a mature, (relatively)
bullet-proof OS, and saves coding effort.  However, building from the
ground up, as I believe much of the Linux work has been, can yield
smaller, faster code.  It also gives the designers a little more free
reign to leave out functionality for which the need has passed.

An example of tighter code:
I've seen i386 boxes with 2Mb RAM and no hard disk boot Linux off of a
1.44Mb floppy.   

An example of removed functionality:
Linux buffers all disk activity, including file creates.  BSD, being
more paranoid, doesn't buffer some operations.  The result is that
Linux is faster than just about any other OS on Intel boxes for some
disk operations (such as installing a *.tar.gz file).


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