Re: "movb" for spin-unlock

From: Gérard Roudier (
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 13:02:19 EST

On Tue, 25 Apr 2000, Brian Parris wrote:

> On Tue, 25 Apr 2000, [ISO-8859-1] Gérard Roudier wrote:
> >
> > Could you people stop this ridiculous thread. May-be you have much time
> > to waste, but if you just want to demonstrate that Linus is an idiot, let
> > me tell you that you have a loooooonnnnnnnngggggggg way to go, in my
> > opinion.
> I'm pretty sure linus can defend himself if he needs to,

I was not trying to defend Linus, but had questions in mind given than
this topic had been discussed in _full_ details about one year ago (or
more) and Linus had explained _clearly_ the reasons that let him take his
decision at this time.

> and if you don't
> like the thread then don't read it,

I use a 28.800 modem and have to pay phone tax for the downloading of
emails. I like to have a look at some hundreds of mail each evening.
There is a limit in bloat or low quality remake beyond which I may get
nervous. This just happenned yesterday evening.

I doubt this e-mail accomplished
> anything other then to annoy people.
> >
> > May-be you may want to also explain to me why my PII-233 seems to me twice
> > slower that 18 months ago and why my early DX2-66 in 1994 gave me as fun
> > and speed for computing than my PII-233 2 years ago.
> >
> > Instead of nitpicking this way, I would suggest you to think about an
> > innovative method that would help to stop bloat softwares in a way that
> > just wastes the newly available resources with no really gain in
> > usability.
> No gain in usability? I'm not even going to try and list the kinds of

Gain in usability looks peanuts to me compared to additionnal bloat and
Could it be that people that would have been stated as good with nothing
years ago are nowadays considered as good candidate to programming? ;-)

> things you can do in linux now that you couldn't do 18 months ago, not to
> mention all the extra hardware linux now supports, of course if you think
> a piece of code is bloat, you are welcome to rewrite it in a non-bloat
> way, that would be much better than simply complaining about it.

I didn't write that Linux was just bloat. It is probably among the less
bloated softwares, but bloat it gets a bit, in my opinion.

By the way, I didn't wait for any suggestion from anybody in order to
contribute to free softwares, even if my contributions are less modest
than numerous other contributions. I just have my limited skills and time
(free time) as everybody on our planet.


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