was released last Thursday. Nothing too special. Mostly build fixes and cleanup, to help get schedutils working in Red Hat Rawhide (yay).
Despite 2.5 running so amazingly well, and coming out-of-the-box with a preemptive kernel and tons of sweet low latency enhancements, demand for a preempt-kernel patch for 2.4 is unfortunately high enough that I released a patch
It fixed an awful lot of bugs, both existing preempt-unsafe code and some new things that cropped up in the longish 2.4.21 development cycle. I recommend an upgrade.
Even better, of course, I recommend an upgrade to 2.5. ;)
Apple, PowerBooks, Mac OS X, and Lupus
So I have been contemplating a laptop upgrade for some time, and eyeing an IBM X31 (a nice lightweight Centrino machine). Screw all that.
I got an Apple PowerBook G4 15"
What can I say? It is an amazingly well designed machine and Mac OS X
is (brace yourself) really damn nice. Of course, I run many of the usual Unix
applications so I am not in a totally foreign land. It is really an amazingly well put together system, from the hardware up through the software. Stuff just works
In the past, I have said a lot of good things about GNOME
. I strongly believe the Windows interface is junk; it is confusing, ugly, and stupid. I really think GNOME has made a lot of advances and is a very powerful, well thought out, intelligently designed system. That said, there are a few things GNOME can learn from Mac OS X. I see jdub
has mentioned this in recent postings. A lot of it is just refinement... but Aqua does impress me.
I have to say the battery life (~3.5 hours on average I would guess) and the suspend/wake up time (mere seconds; and the battery lasts days if not at least a week while suspended).
I have not used anything but Linux for many years now, so it is a nice change to have another machine to play with. Nothing demands my love like Linux, of course ;)