If you haven’t heard about the new ~200 line patch which, for some users, has improved interactivity on the desktop, you can read about it here.
I have released a masked version of gentoo-sources (gentoo-sources-2.6.36-r2) which contains the backport to this kernel version written by the original author.
If anyone wants to try this patch on 2.6.36, you can just unmask gentoo-sources-2.6.36-r2, and try it out.



  1. Kevin Bowling

    Have you seen the userspace versions that are apparently even better and less invasive? http://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/415740/3c25d44d948ecd44/

    Linus favors the kernel implementation which is strange considering CFS X11 heuristics were “bad”

  2. Toralf Foerster

    Thx for the the effort to backport that patch – I grabbed it from the archive file got w/ “ebuild gentoo-sources-2.6.36-r2.ebuild fetch” b/c I prefer the vanilla kernel. Maybe it is worth to publish this patch via a dircet web link ?

  3. Dion Moult

    Awesome! I can’t wait until my next sync on Tuesday 🙂

    Which kernel modules should I enable to get this?

  4. Xavier Miller


    I just tested it on my slow Acer Aspire One A110. Firefox seems more responsive, that patch is really useful!

  5. Jim T

    You know what, having this on makes linux feel like it did in the early 2.6 days. I don’t know about anyone else, but I really feel it went wrong around the time the new scheduler came it, this looks to have fixed it (early days tho, obviously).
    Thanks Mike, I can see why you backported this and rolled it out into the mainline.

  6. tomka

    Works great here!
    +1 for keeping it in future gentoo-sources.

  7. Jean-Francis Roy

    The patch have been removed in -r3 ? :O
    Any word on this decision?

  8. John Helliwell

    Wow thanks! – night and day. My machine feels like an Amiga 4000 🙂
    Now, can this be made permanent? Next time I upgrade my kernel I don’t want to have to keep on patching it 🙂

  9. admin (Post author)

    I pulled this out of genpatches so that the many kernels that use genpatches can continue to do so without being forced to include an untested, outdated and continually changing patch.

    Don’t worry, I like it also and as it evolves, I’ll put another masked version in.

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