Virtualization, 20yrs late. Was: "Death of a firewall" and Xen
dallen at codermotor.com
Mon Jul 11 17:49:49 PDT 2005
Gabriel Sechan wrote:
>> From: Andrew Lentvorski <bsder at allcaps.org>
>> Personally, I *still* don't care. Rather than virtual x86's, I would
>> rather have a "virtual processor" so I don't have to care about x86,
>> PowerPC, Alpha, etc. I'm tired of "processor specific". Given that
>> people don't actually care about overall performance in 90+% of all
>> applications, it's time we dumped that whole issue in the trash.
> Funny- the number one complaint I hear from anyone who uses computers
> is how slow the apps are. Specifically loading and processor intensive
> parts (not so much the sit around waiting for a keyboard press parts).
Apparently the group you talk about is too sophisticated. Complaints
about computer performance from people at work, other than the generic
clerk types, don't count.
The vast majority of people using PC's at any given time is pretty much
in the same group that's licensed to driver on public roads: neither
group is overly qualified, despite having been allowed to use that
particular piece of machinery.
And that machinery is generally less than new. Or less peppy than what
they actually use it for. Yet they are ignorantly happy with what they
have - certainly given what they've spent for it.
> You must know a lot of people running old versions of software on very
> new PCs, because anyone on slightly older PCs (2-3 years old) or running
> the most recent version of apps bitch like crazy about performance.
I know a lot of people running old versions of software on old versions
of OSes on old hardware. I seldom hear complaints about performance.
Even when I do, it's far down on the list of things which irritate them.
More important is waiting to download the 16 MB's of pictures from Aunt
Sady and having to wade through junk mail.
Even when performance is an issue, it's because Windows has been
infested and compromised by malware to such a degree that it's virtually
unusable. Up 'til then, lousy, slow, buggy computer performance is
considered business as usual. Ignorance really is bliss.
> For myself- I've never had a problem with processor specific stuff.
> Granted, I don't own a PowerPC, Alpha, etc. But I know I'd be utterly
> unwilling to give up the rperformance to have everything in some byte
> code and interpreted.
See, there's the problem. The sample group I associate with "Most
people" (aka "The man on the street") would have no clue about words
like PowerPC, Alpha, byte code, or interpreted ("I don't know what you
mean; my computer uses English").
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