[RC5] So long RC5, hello SETI

Christopher Hicks chicks at chicks.net
Sat May 22 16:16:42 EDT 1999

On Sat, 22 May 1999, Andrew wrote:

> Same story on NT4. rc5 just runs as a service in the background and
> doesn't slow anything down one little bit.Under Linux its the same. I
> think its just the dos based os's like windows 3.1 that have problems
> as they were not realy designed for multitasking.

RC5 will affect your somewhat performance on any stock operating system.

NT - Various apps are slowed down -- particularly installers.

Linux - It will take up some percentage of the CPU unless you install
idle-only patches.  We're doing this on all our linux boxes now so we can
put rc5 back on our big production boxes.

95 - all sorts of stuff is affected to a minor degree.  Printing is slowed
down significantly in some cases.  PhotoShop is slowed signficantly.

This is a fact of life.  In most cases it doesn't make much difference.
But it does make a difference.  And in some cases it is a significant


If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them
down?  We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

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