[RC5] So long RC5, hello SETI

Loren Thiel thiel at genevaonline.com
Sun May 23 22:36:07 EDT 1999

I've noticed that the rc5 client pages out a lot of memory to the swap file
on occasion.  Then whenever I close it, I get tons of hard drive activity
for 20-30 sec.  I have 64MB ram on a PII450 system....shouldn't be a lack
of ram problem.   Anyone else see this?  
Don't notice any slowdown of cpu performance when running though.


At 02:16 PM 5/22/99 , you wrote:
>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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