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Wouldn't it be nice if nice values in Linux were switched:
-20 = low priority
+20 = high priority

$ renice -p +5 # would get more CPU time and
$ renice -p -5 # less

Why was it selected to be inversed?

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From Wikipedia:

The name "niceness" originates from the idea that a process with a higher niceness value is "nicer" to other processes in the system, as it allows the other processes more CPU time.

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