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I've used hdparm to speed up my system and am happy with the results, but I was wondering if there were any other similar commands (or w/e) to speed up ...
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    Tuning Up My Box


    I've used hdparm to speed up my system and am happy with the results, but I was wondering if there were any other similar commands (or w/e) to speed up my computer. I'm using a PIII 500Mhz and 256MB RAM, which Mandrake utilizes much better than 98SE did, but I was just wondering if I could tweak my system just a bit more.

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    What is it a desktop? Pre-linking can speed up application startup also the normal stuff like stopping unneeded services replacing the stock kernel with a custom one. Thats all i can think of ATM.

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    yep with mandrake you are probably useing initrd at boot time. if you recompile the kernel and remove initrd then boot times can be reduced to about 15 seconds on your system.

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    Installing Gentoo would also yield a performance boost.
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    a significant one
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    if you have more than one computer there is always mosix. a nice small cluster is always nice. i think i might try this when i get back to college.

    also check to see all of the processes that are currently running, if there are some programs that you don't need that are running, disable them.

    for quicker gui load times i would suggest using fluxbox, my personal fav.

    hey, slackware is pretty dang fast too.

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    Is fluxbox based in gtk or qt or neither?
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    i know that fluxbox is based on blackbox, and that blackbox was written in cpp. and i know a lot of the utilities for fluxbox and blackbox are written using gtk. sorry if that doesn't answer what you wanted to know.

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    Nope, that does it, my USE variable includes(but is not limited to AT ALL)
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    -kde -qt gtk gnome
    i happen to prefer the more open source feel of gnome, but then my other question is do the gentoo servers have 2.6 on them yet?
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    the problem is, it don't want to have to switch distro's becuz I would have to reformat my hd and I don't want to lose all my personal files and installed programs. I'ved looked @ yoper which is supposed to be fast, but am nervous if it is n00b friendly and I don't think I can save everything. Is there anyway I can just "update" to a faster distro?

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