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    Re: Tweaks applied to Ubuntu Intrepid to make it faster/better responsive

    It won't. It's safe for day-to-day setups.
    Quote Originally Posted by LaRoza View Post
    Why?

    It it true. I have used CLI only setups before.
    Me too. And they're incredibly fast, and incredibly flexible.
    Quote Originally Posted by smartboyathome View Post
    So have I, though these forums can be hard to browse from lynx sometimes.
    Try elinks. I use that sometimes because I get tired of all the frills that the pages need just to show a string of thread replies. And it has a "tabbed" interface and a download manager and a bunch of other stuff too.
    Quote Originally Posted by xArv3nx View Post
    That's the kind of stupidity that kills mass adoption for Linux.
    Hogwash. The only thing that kills mass adoption of Linux is freedom of choice. And when that is gone, and the command line with it, I and a lot of other people will move on to something else that lets us do what we want with our computers, the way we want. So get past it. The command line isn't killing the spread of Linux. It's the ability to say, "I want to use the command line."
    Quote Originally Posted by Jags_FL View Post
    Many, many thanks to all of you. I really appreciated your inputs.

    Though I still have to implement few more suggestions, so far I've applied following tweaks ...
    Haven't installed preload, neither have I disabled virtual terminals so far.
    Try readahead too, but remember that after all these tweaks, what's holding your system back is the engorged Gnome desktop (I'm assuming you're using Gnome, if I read your other posts right).

    No joke, that machine will open up as soon as you can bear to get rid of all that bloat. I have a 550Mhz Celeron that boots in a third of the time it's taking yours, and I have all the same style software ... just none of it linked to a heavyweight desktop environment.

    Please, I humbly encourage you to take a look at my blog if you want some ideas about truly speeding up that machine.
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    hi K.Mandla

    Many thanks for the reply. In fact, I was reading your Blog while you posted the reply. ( 'sertse' posted this link to your blog earlier: http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2008/05...rdy-for-speed/ )

    From this link, http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/...rm.html?page=2 (via your blog), I tried that

    Code:
    hdparm -c3 -m16 /dev/hdb
    but I got this error:

    :::::
    root@ubuntu# hdparm -c3 -m16 /dev/sdb

    /dev/sdb:

    setting 32-bit IO_support flag to 3
    HDIO_SET_32BIT failed: Invalid argument
    setting multcount to 16
    HDIO_SET_MULTCOUNT failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device
    HDIO_GET_MULTCOUNT failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device
    IO_support = 0 (default)
    :::::

    Anyway, I'm still going through your 'How_to_set_up_Hardy_for_speed' guide and going to install Readahead and Preload.

    Thanks again. - jags
    Last edited by Jags_FL; October 6th, 2008 at 01:19 PM.
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    Arrow Re: Tweaks applied to Ubuntu Intrepid to make it faster/better responsive

    I just installed Preload but Readahead was already there (in Synaptic)... I guess Intrepid installs Readahead by default.
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    Re: Tweaks applied to Ubuntu Intrepid to make it faster/better responsive

    It probably installs it in a full Gnome installation; I should have remembered that before I suggested it. A command-line installation doesn't include it.

    Also, let me know if hdparm does anything for you. I've never gotten any kind of speed increase out of it, but I haven't tested it with any and every piece of hardware out there. I don't think anyone can.
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    Exclamation Re: Tweaks applied to Ubuntu Intrepid to make it faster/better responsive

    Regarding hdparm

    as I stated in my post# 22, I wasn't able to do anything with it. I was getting this error:

    :::::
    root@ubuntu# hdparm -c3 -m16 /dev/sdb

    /dev/sdb:

    setting 32-bit IO_support flag to 3
    HDIO_SET_32BIT failed: Invalid argument
    setting multcount to 16
    HDIO_SET_MULTCOUNT failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device
    HDIO_GET_MULTCOUNT failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device
    IO_support = 0 (default)
    :::::
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    Re: Tweaks applied to Ubuntu Intrepid to make it faster/better responsive

    I'm afraid I don't have any tips to offer on that front. I've gotten more or less the same degree of nothing out of it.

    Omigosh! You're signed in as root! Blasphemer!
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    Re: Tweaks applied to Ubuntu Intrepid to make it faster/better responsive

    Quote Originally Posted by Jags_FL View Post
    Regarding hdparm

    as I stated in my post# 22, I wasn't able to do anything with it. I was getting this error:

    :::::
    root@ubuntu# hdparm -c3 -m16 /dev/sdb

    /dev/sdb:

    setting 32-bit IO_support flag to 3
    HDIO_SET_32BIT failed: Invalid argument
    setting multcount to 16
    HDIO_SET_MULTCOUNT failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device
    HDIO_GET_MULTCOUNT failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device
    IO_support = 0 (default)
    :::::

    hdparm is no good in ubuntu cause they made the switch to scsi drivers for drives. i wouldn't worry about hd speed tweaks in ubuntu, the auto setup is pretty accurate.

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    Re: Tweaks applied to Ubuntu Intrepid to make it faster/better responsive

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Mandla View Post
    Omigosh! You're signed in as root! Blasphemer!
    Heh, maybe he just sudo -i'd for a second.

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Mandla
    Quote Originally Posted by xArv3nx
    That's the kind of stupidity that kills mass adoption for Linux.
    Hogwash. The only thing that kills mass adoption of Linux is freedom of choice. And when that is gone, and the command line with it, I and a lot of other people will move on to something else that lets us do what we want with our computers, the way we want. So get past it. The command line isn't killing the spread of Linux. It's the ability to say, "I want to use the command line."
    Hear, hear!
    Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. ~H.L. Mencken

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    Thanks for the info 'kerry_s'
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    Re: What to tweak/remove in Debian/Ubuntu to make 'em fastest/faster

    sudo apt-get remove ubuntu

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