[PC-BSD Pbi-dev] PBI Builder on multi-core?

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Mon Jun 20 07:40:55 PDT 2011

On 06/18/2011 02:55, Sam Lin wrote:
> Hi Kris, PBIian and PCBSD folks,
> As some of you may have noticed, I have been away from PCBSD work for 
> the last few months. This is mainly because I have moved to a new 
> place for a new job and have been very busy here and couldn't bother 
> any FLOSS activity at all (pbi, translation, documentation, forum, 
> etc), but also partly because my own (old) laptop appears to become 
> unstable since my last build of LibreOffice PBI and I now have to use 
> our company's laptop (based on MS Vista) to get to internet including 
> writing this email at home. Having been settled down a bit in this new 
> place, I am planning to buy a new desktop system within the next 
> couple months so that I can re-start my PCBSD work.
> I am planning to get an AMD 1090T (hexa core) machine and below are my 
> candidates:
> ATI:
> http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Desktops/No-monitor/auction-384226795.htm
> http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Desktops/No-monitor/auction-383037342.htm
> http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Desktops/No-monitor/auction-385068653.htm
> http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Desktops/No-monitor/auction-384475132.htm
> I wonder if PBI Builder would be benefit from multi-core (e.g. build 
> one pbi on each core etc.)?
> Also (I know this question is not really relevant to this mailing 
> list) among ATI and NVIDIA graphic systems which one is preferred on 
> FreeBSD/PCBSD in terms of performance and stability? I don't really 
> want any trouble due to graphic board during working on PBI or other 
> heavy tasks.
> Kind regards,
> Sam
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Go NVIDIA every time :)

The newer ATI cards don't work well, if at all on BSD, and the NVIDIA 
drivers will often give you the least amount of trouble.

As for multi-core, yes it does help when building PBIs. A lot of port 
builds use multiple threads / jobs now, so the extra cores will benefit 
you in this case.

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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