Wojciech Puchar wrote:
but just run 100 different things and check how responsive machine is.

My experience is of dealing with servers where each machine typically has
a small number of important applications -- frequently only /one/ application

so why you need unix at all? :)

At the risk of belabouring the obvious:

  i) I like the price.  Free.

 ii) I like the operating environment -- CLIs aren't to everyone's taste,
     but I find they give me the freedom to do what I want without having
     to jump through a whole lot of hoops.

iii) I like the efficiency of the OS -- you get that much more performance
out of every machine it's like having additional servers for free.
try as simple and stupid thing under load

cat /dev/zero >somefile (on big partition)

on 6.* and 7.* and compare both cases.


I thought you were pillorying synthetic benchmarks upthread?  Filling up
a partition with a file of zeros is pretty unlikely as a real-world task.

I wouldn't be too disappointed if that didn't run as fast as it possibly
could, although I would be distinctly peeved if doing that on a loaded
server took up more of the system resources than it had any right or
justification to do, to the detriment of anything else running on that



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