Monday, June 10, 2002

USENIX and Slow Compiles

So I'm sitting here in the USENIX terminal room, waiting for my laptop to finish compiling and testing a patch to subversion, and it occurs to me that despite the fact that I really like the ibook, I'm not sure I'll be able to justify one next time around, just because of the speed issues.

I guess if I can get an acceptable speed mac in the same form factor when I get motivated to upgrade, I'll do it, but if not, I'll go for a similar size PC laptop running FreeBSD. I don't particularly like the idea of going back to a PC laptop, but these compiles are killing me.

In other news, USENIX is a lot of fun. I spent today in Kirk McKusick's FreeBSD Kernel Internals tutorial, which was really cool. He's an interesting speaker, and I'm really annoyed that I have to go to the Solaris Internals lecture tomorrow instead of the second half of his.

The only thing that sort of annoyed me was that his tutorial was a bit dated, as it covered the 4.X series of FreeBSD, but since the 5.X series is still in very rapid development, I don't think I can really fault him for that, and he did make a point to mention when things were different between the new and old versions.