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Old 08-09-2006, 07:41 PM   #1
anibis
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Where to install & memory question


I have been running FC5 for a few weeks now and I was curious where you all install programs that all users have access to (ie fontconfig, realplayer, etc....) Before I was always logging into KDE as root so I had been installing things in my /root dir, I removed something I shouldn't have the other day so I decided start from scratch and try to do things right this time. I now always login using my user account and have been installing things in /usr/local using root shell. Is this the way I should go about doing things?

My laptop is a Toshiba 3.3ghz w/1gb of ram with 128mb shared video, when I run GKrellM my swap file is never used and my free ram is around 80% after a few hours of use, I pretty much use the laptop for internet and other normal everyday things, I have no server packages installed other than samba. I have 80+ processes running after I went through and disabled the services I didn't need, is this normal? That seems like a low amount of memory to be used w/KDE with lots of eye candy considering Windows eats up almost all of it at boot. Fedora runs pretty well other than program loading times are a bit longer than Windows, I'm hoping the 7200rpm hard drive I just ordered will speed things up a bit considering I currently have a slowwww 4200rpm drive that is the bottle neck in my system.

Is there any other way to speed up the program loading times?
 
Old 08-09-2006, 08:04 PM   #2
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Usually I install stuff to /opt when not installing from the repositories (I use Debian, by the way and rarely install anything outside of the repos).
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...My laptop is a Toshiba 3.3ghz w/1gb of ram with 128mb shared video, when I run GKrellM my swap file is never used and my free ram is around 80% after a few hours of use, I pretty much use the laptop for internet and other normal everyday things, I have no server packages installed other than samba. I have 80+ processes running after I went through and disabled the services I didn't need, is this normal?
Isn't linux awesome? I too have a lappy running KDE and it uses up 55MB RAM with no other programs open. I couldn't even boot into Windows because I only have 256MB RAM and our company requires us to run Symantec Antivirus and Sygate Protection Agent. In windows I had 2MB of RAM free and half my page file being used... Now I never swap and have plenty of RAM for everyday tasks.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 08:31 PM   #3
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Will I have any issues because I installed things in /usr/local? The reason I chose that directory is when I installed RealPlayer that was the default install dir so I figured that's a good place for programs to go. All the program's I've installed run perfectly, should I re-install everything in /opt or should I just install things from here on out in /opt?

Another thing,

As I said I just ordered a new 80gb 7200rpm hard drive, my current drive is 100gb 4200, I have 4 partitions, XP system drive (24.4gb), a ntfs partition that I use for mp3's and backup stuff (54.34gb), and my fedora (13.43gb) & swap (1gb) partitions. Is there any way to clone my disks even though I have so many partitions and my new drive is smaller than my old one? I've cloned many drives before but never one with so many partitions and going to a smaller drive, I would probably have to change the size of both NTFS partitions. I already planned on buying an external enclosure for my 100gb drive so if I could clone my drives the program would have to support USB.

I will probably end up having to re-install everything but I have things set up on both XP and Fedora the way I want them so that will be one heck of a task to re-do everything.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 12:05 PM   #4
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It's really just personal preference as to where to install things. As long as your users all have access to that directory in their PATH.

I've never cloned a drive before, so I can't help you there. But I would assume it depends on the tool you're using whether you can clone a drive to a smaller drive (i.e. what the tool does with free space).
 
  


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