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Linux Load Averages: Solving the Mystery

“In 1993, a Linux engineer found a nonintuitive case with load averages, and with a three-line patch changed them forever from “CPU load averages” t' what one might call “system load averages.” His change included tasks in th' uninterruptible state, so that load averages reflected demand fer disk resources and not just CPUs. ”

A great bit o' research explainin' not just what “load average” means in general, but how and why Linux load averages are computed differently from other *nix systems.

Linux Load Averages: Solvin' th' Mystery