USB flash, IOWAIT, and hanging
Most of the time when using USB flash drives under Linux, the OS will lock up at 100% IOWAIT, with a load average of 12-18. Even my music stutters and stops.
Using USB drives makes my Core I7 3.0GHz HyperThreaded act like a Pentium 2 running Vista. It's embarrassing. A client asks for a file, and it takes me 2 hours to copy it. This is a deal breaker. I've been trying to find a solution. If I can't, I'm sorry to say I'll be leaving Linux for something that can use USB drives. I've been using Ubuntu for 4 years, I'd hate to leave. Don't take that as threat, just a stark fact based on business decisions.
Please help me solve this. I'll give you a Virtual Beer.
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