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    Re: Why do this anyway? (Score: 1)
    by Lovechild on Friday, October 19 @ 09:28:25 BST
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    There is no such thing as a minimal preformance gain.. we strive for speed.

    Plus it’s a cool project 🙂

    but I see your point, it is a vast of time compared to the preformance you acually get in return.

    I found that when searching for speed, hdparm is a good place to start – got a 30% speed up on my disk just playing around with the settings.

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    Re: Why do this anyway? (Score: 1)
    by greycat on Monday, October 22 @ 15:24:30 BST
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    Imagine that you have a slow connection, and a fast CPU.

    Now, imagine you want to download that brand new X release — call it version 4.1.0-1.

    If you grab all of the X 4.1.0-1 binary packages, it’s probably about 30 MB. (I haven’t actually done the math on that.)

    If you grab the X debianized source, it’s about 50 MB. 48 MB or so of that is the upstream tarball; the other 2 MB or so is the Debian changes.

    Building X from source will probably take a few hours of CPU time. Downloading 30 MB or 50 MB on our hypothetical connection could take a couple days.

    Now, Branden (being the hard-working fiend that he is) puts out X 4.1.0-2 packages. And you want to upgrade.

    If you download the binary packages, it’s another 30 MB.

    If you download the source, though, it’s only 2 MB. You already have the xfree86 4.1.0 upstream tarball, so you only have to get the new .diff.gz and .dsc files.

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    Re: Why do this anyway? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, April 27 @ 21:17:05 BST

    The options should definately be there! I like to compile everything with my own options and optimize every bit of my servers.

    If this new source system used xdelta it could simply patch old source tarballs with small patches when new version are released instead of downloading a brand new tarball.

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