Scheduler Merges for 2.6.25

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| Ingo Molnar posted a merge request for the latest git scheduler tree
| summarizing, "it contains various enhancements to the scheduler - find the
| full shortlog is below. 96 commits from 19 authors - scheduler developers
| have been busy again.

Supporting The Latest and Greatest; Supporting the Oldest and Slowest

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| Kudos to the developers at Vector Linux for scaling down as well as scaling
| up. There’s nothing more friendly to the environment or the budget than
| keeping an old system going rather than building or buying a new one. So long
| as a computer can do what you need it to do it’s not obsolete. I’ll be
| following up my AliXe review with reviews of other lightweight and small
| footprint Linux distributions, including Vector Linux Light when it’s
| released.

Days ago:

Impossible thing #1: Developing efficient, well engineered free software like
Debian GNU/Linux

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| So, not only does free software represent a vast amount of effort, but it is
| apparently very well-engineered and efficient effort leading to an even
| higher use value than equivalent proprietary products! Not only can free
| software manage large, complex projects, but it appears to do it better than
| proprietary methods.


Is There Perfection in The Linux Kernel?

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| In a perfect world, you could compile a brand-new Linux kernel
| without the need for much configuration and without error.
| According to Linus Torvalds, the new 2.6.19 Linux kernel is such
| an entity.
| "It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels," Torvalds wrote in a
| Linux kernel mailing list posting announcing the new kernel.

Will Windows Vista Succeed In 2008? Don't Count On It

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| Vista has certainly been slow out of the gate. Sure, Microsoft is putting the
| operating system on newly shipped systems, but Vista sales didn’t benefit
| from the upgrade surge that previous OSes got upon release. A year after it
| began shipping, less than one percent of corporate desktops are running
| * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^
| Vista. * *
| ^^^^^

Windows Vista kicked out of Olympics PCs

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| Microsoft's latest version of Windows is too risky to implement for the
| important computers managing the 2008 Olympic summer games in Beijing, said
| the event's computer supplier and sponsor Lenovo. *

Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday. *
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.

Interesting comment from CompUSA

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| Every single one of them he said was returned from consumers... and that they
| (CompUSA) couldn't ship them back. As he heard, Microsoft wasn't giving
| credit back for unsold or returned copies... and didn't want the returned
| figures made public... He wouldn't say that every single one of them
| exchanged for a copy of Xp, he didn't know if that was true. So, I asked how
| many boxes did they have. Same glare, followed with a "You do not want to
| know" type statement. * * *

Windows Vista: Sold but not deployed

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| Microsoft says it remains happy with enterprise sales of Vista -- however,
| the software behemoth acknowledges that many businesses which have bought
| Vista licences are yet to deploy the software. *