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I upgraded lately to Linux-2.4.22, and I don't know why, but my whole desktop is kinda feeling sluggish. DVD playback is bumpy, and Mozilla feels like a whale. Weird, because the last kernels I used, 2.4.18 and 2.4.20, were really great in terms of performance. Maybe it's time to look for those preemptible and low-latency patches again...

Update : when playing a DivX, I got a load of 7, so I knew something was wrong. DMA access bailed out with a Operation not permitted. Seems that somehow VIA block device support was left out. Much smoothly now !