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Re: [vox-tech] Demonstrations of Linux flexibility?
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Re: [vox-tech] Demonstrations of Linux flexibility?

on Sat, Mar 05, 2005 at 02:06:57PM -0800, Robert G. Scofield (rscofield@afes.com) wrote:
> On Saturday 05 March 2005 13:26, Troy Arnold wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 04, 2005 at 03:07:09PM -0800, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > > I'm looking for examples illustrating the flexibility possible with
> > > GNU/Linux.
> >
> > How about the ability to tailor your working environment to the
> > abilities (limits) of your hardware?
> Or how about getting the computer to multi-task for real.  I use the
> printing example, and Pete Salzman uses the MP3 example.  
> Suppose you have Linux and Windows 98 on a dual boot, and you have
> Open Office for both OS's.  Start printing a 30 page paper in Windows
> 98 and you will find that the computer is useless until the print job
> is over.  

Whilke there's a fair amount of Win9X/ME floating around businesses,
_most_ of them have caught up with the past five years, and
multiprocessing under NT-based 'Doze tends to work pretty well, most of
the time.  This is also sort of a hard story to tell. 

> You can't surf the web, you can't start another word processing
> project, you can't play Solitaire.  But if you reboot and print the
> same 30 page paper out in Linux, you can work flawlessly on the
> computer while the paper is printing out.  (I don't know what would
> happen with Windows XP.)


...you could do what I did and run a friend's "compute pi to arbitrary
precision" script, which both hogs all CPU and fills all available
memory to point of hard lock....

I think that the multiprocess / multiuser aspect is probably one worth
looking at -- the example of having different web sessions running under
different users for web design is somewhat useful.


Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>        http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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