I almost fell out of my chair reading this, because I was doing exactly
what you describe, applying the latest Fedora 9 security stuff and
reading mail. The difference is that I'm not on a netbook, with a puny
CPU, small memory and 5400 rpm drive, but a VM running on a host with
multi-core, 8GB RAM, and a raid array of fast TB drives. The way I would
use a netbook would be as a glorified PDA, and I still feel that a
useful benchmark should duplicate the typical use, rather than some case
which occurs a few times a month, unless that case is the critical load
and justified less optimal performance the majority of the time.
Thanks for the history lesson, but I want my netbook to handle best the
stuff I do most. If the modified scheduler performed better when I am
reading mail and need to open a spreadsheet attachment, I'd certainly
prefer that. Whether I'd bother to build my own patched kernel would
depend on how "faster" it ran, I'm reasonably happy with the way that
runs on what I have.
bill davidsen <email@example.com>
CTO TMR Associates, Inc
"You are disgraced professional losers. And by the way, give us our money back."
- Representative Earl Pomeroy, Democrat of North Dakota
on the A.I.G. executives who were paid bonuses after a federal bailout.