compilation architecture

Chris Snook csnook at
Sat Jan 12 22:31:05 UTC 2008

Jakub 'Livio' Rusinek wrote:
> So I can say only one thing: "fedora does something in wrong, 
> performance-loss way".

I'm not sure if this is still the case, but I know SuSE used to not enable 
synchronization in syslogd.  Yes, synchronization slows down your logging, but 
it also greatly improves the chances of having a record of why a system crashed, 
which is important.

I don't mean this as a knock on SuSE, and I don't think that's why you're seeing 
this difference on your desktop, but it's a great example of how people with 
different design priorities can make different, reasonable decisions that may 
seem wrong to someone with the other priorities.

Performance is all about tradeoffs.  If you actually analyze the problem, you 
can usually design an intermediate solution that's good enough for people across 
most of the spectrum.  There will always be outliers with special needs, but you 
can usually make Fedora (or openSuSE for that matter) satisfy them will a little 
careful tweaking.

	-- Chris

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