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Re: [opensuse] frustration and suggestions
  • From: David Brodbeck <gull@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 17:24:45 -0800
  • Message-id: <45E8CE5D.2010800@xxxxxxx>
Carlos E. R. wrote:
> The relation is that with faster hardware programmers don't have to trim
> their programs. They can allow their programs to be huge, repetitive,
> non-optimized, because the hardware is faster, disks are bigger, and the
> diference will be hardly noticed.

That doesn't really correlate to stability, though.  Non-optimized
software will be slower (usually) than optimized software, but
optimizing a piece of software does not make it more stable.  In fact,
it's the opposite -- optimization often introduces subtle bugs of its own.

You should never start optimizing any code that isn't stable.  As Cort
Dougan put it when he was working on porting Linux to PowerPC, "A fast
kernel that crashes is just a kernel that crashes quickly."

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