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Old 09-21-2004, 09:16 AM   #1
Gryphe
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Optimizing Debian - Beyond the Recompile


I've compiled myself a new kernel, optimized 'till the extreme. My PC runs a whole lot faster now. (2.6.9.rc2, downloaded it from Kernel.org) I can't help but wonder, though.. How do I push even more out of my AMD XP2400+? All I really knew off was a simple recompile of my kernel. (Took me only two tries to get it right. ;p) In the process of solving all remaining error messages I get during the boot right now. But what else is there, except for the kernel? It's my main PC. Got a desktop on it (Gnome), and I intend to use it for general computing and gaming (If I get Wine to work. Already got my Nvidia drivers working.)

I hope I gave you enough information now. (Oh, and my Debian version was a web-install CD. Sarge, I believe.)
 
Old 09-21-2004, 09:30 AM   #2
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improving debian

If you installed a linux on your desktop, it should be allreade lot faster now than winblows ...

I see you compiled an unstable server so watch out for bugs etc... could be unstable

there is an alternative for gaming, a package called : CENEGA, they have a neat site where u can check game compatibility on a scale of 100 for linux

Enjoy Linux like we all do :-)
 
Old 09-21-2004, 11:11 AM   #3
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Take a look at this thread, maybe there is something there for you.

Debian Configuration Post-Install
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=224547

Basically, use a light WM, light apps, keep the bloat down, clean your system regularly. I use ReiserFS at partition time.

If you like Gnome, use a different window manager within Gnome instead of Metacity which is slow, fluxbox or icewm will do; this is discussed in the thread.

According to df -h, i'using 792 MB of space, less than 1 GB!

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Old 09-21-2004, 09:31 PM   #4
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Originally posted by macondo
Basically, use a light WM, light apps, keep the bloat down, clean your system regularly. I use ReiserFS at partition time.
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I won't touch Reiser with a ten foot pole. I used to run SuSE (which defaulted to Reiser), and my past two installations had a problem with the Shutdown and Restart buttons breaking. If I was restarting, I was usually trying to get into Windows real quick and in too much of a hurry to log in as root and spend two minutes for a proper shutdown, so I'd just do a hard reset. It never failed that after I rebooted, the Reiser file-system would be corrupted all to hell. I know it's virtuous to do a proper shutdown, but what about a brief power outtage? Nothing like waking up in the morning to a trashed system. So now I'm using Debian on ext3.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 10:38 PM   #5
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"I won't touch Reiser with a ten foot pole. I used to run SuSE (which defaulted to Reiser), and my past two installations had a problem with the Shutdown and Restart buttons breaking."

I've used ReiserFS in Debian for a couple of years, no problems, also Ext3, no problems either, Reiser seems faster in my box, though - never used SuSE, never used buttons to shutdown or restart, the terminal is faster for me, so i'm at a disadvantage.

"If I was restarting, I was usually trying to get into Windows real quick and in too much of a hurry to log in as root and spend two minutes for a proper shutdown,"

Don't use Windows, either, i guess i'm spoiled, Debian/IceWM/ReiserFS work great for me. Different people, different experiences, i follow the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Usually, complex projects have more things that can go wrong with them, just look on any forum and you'll see what i mean. Thus, i do minimal installs and stay away from the KDE/GNOME dynamic duo.

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Old 09-21-2004, 11:48 PM   #6
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Usually, complex projects have more things that can go wrong with them, just look on any forum and you'll see what i mean. Thus, i do minimal installs and stay away from the KDE/GNOME dynamic duo.
I like to have projects to work with on my computer. I guess that's why I like to mess around with Linux, because something's always broken after you install it. Zing!
 
Old 09-22-2004, 12:06 AM   #7
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If I was restarting, I was usually trying to get into Windows real quick and in too much of a hurry to log in as root and spend two minutes for a proper shutdown, so I'd just do a hard reset.
You can reboot Debian as normal user using Ctrl-Alt-Del. Never, ever do a hard reset on purpose or else the Curse of Penguin will fall upon you.

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Old 09-22-2004, 08:51 AM   #8
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"I like to have projects to work with on my computer. I guess that's why I like to mess around with Linux, because something's always broken after you install it. Zing!"

LOL! I think your are missing the point.
 
Old 09-22-2004, 03:04 PM   #9
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Wink

I find windows boring reminds me of my childhood playing with fisherprice toys(actually same colors ase windows xp)... Windows in the future will be for people who never came in contact with pc before, you always have to click next and finish and ZAPP it works... boooooooring

that's why I use linux + using and learning linux gives me sattisfaction.

learning lots of stuff bout server apps like apache, glftpd etc...

And now you really have something on your curriculum, because every single human being can work with windows.

R3sp3ct for tha massive pinguin
 
Old 09-22-2004, 04:31 PM   #10
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I'm not saying that I disagree with you bennethos, but sometimes I want to be able to use a computer efficiently and not spend hours tweaking it to get it to "just work". Yes, I have two computers: one desktop with WinXP where I do a lot of my work (e.g., music-apps a'la Reason), and one laptop where I dual-boot with WinXP and Debian (games/watching movies on TV vs. tweaking/learning). I think though that I will eventually migrate to (close to) 100% Linux, or whatever OS there is in 5-10 years.

Kind of reminds me about a discussion I had with one of my students. He drove an older Ford because with older Fords he knew how to fix them when they needed fixing (quite often), I told him that I drove a Honda (actually Acura) because they never needed fixing...

Just my 0.002 Euros.
/TLV
 
  


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