If it tests this then it's ok.Again, the tests like apachebench are *NOT* intended to test apache. Since it's running on the same system, it measures the systems ability to do higly concurrent IO and memory access.
If the system you are testing on is older than that could explain the regressions. The latest systems will most likely be what that kernel is optimized for. The scheduler guy is running an eight core machine. Many of us barely have a two core machine.
Maybe the word "disaster" was a bit too dramatic when the article was released, but see : the perfs are still bad, more than a week after the article release.. So I guess that this word is getting more and more meaningful.
> What I really don't get is why they didn't talk to people on
> linux-kernel before posting those claims on phoronix. :S
Well thats kinda obvious, its "journalism" in the days of google
adwords. They make revenue by making people click on their website,
they don't make money being useful or interacting with others.
Phoronix in all the years I've been dealing with them as the only
place doing any reporting on graphics, have never once confirmed a
source, asked for information directly or anything you'd expect from
real journalists, again because that doesn't drive page hits, whereas
sensationalist useless headlines are the main point of the site.
A more journalistic approach would've been to share the problem with linux-kernel, and then write up in detail how it got fixed - along the way describing select(), udev, and how some of the kernel mechanisms worked. Enough of those articles and interested regular readers would know much more about the kernel and a couple of new kernel hackers might be on their way up
If it's text only views I'll happily turn off ad block here. If it's flashing/moving flash ads, and only click throughs there isn't much difference between me with adblock and me with out is minimal, and more likely to drive me away from the site. Actually, even it was click throughs and it was text only I would make a point to open one in a new tab. Yes the moving flash ads are that annoying. To be fair it's not that I have even looked, I simply block all ads by default. In some respects it is advertisers that are to blame. Targeted text ads for linux/FOSS things would be at least relevant.
The other reason people block ads is that flash ads, are a security risk. There have been many cases of people getting infected by "drive-bys" because of a flash ad, or any other picture based ad. If I recall correctly there was a point in time where Firefox had a jpeg exploit.