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The Linux desktop may soon be a lot faster


Linux is fast. That’s why it’s 90%+ of the Top 500 fastest supercomputers run it. What some people don’t realize though is that Linux is much better at delivering speed for servers and supercomputers than it is on the desktop. That was by design. Over the last few years, though, there’s been more interest in delivering fast desktop performance. And, now, there’s a Linux kernel patch that may you a faster, much faster, desktop experience.

The patch by Linux kernel developer, Mike Galbraith, adds a mere 233 lines of code to the kernel’s scheduler, but it cuts desktop latency down by a factor of ten. Now, that, that’s impressive. It’s almost like getting a new computer.

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