Speedy Linux

Here is a quick (and light) article on getting more speed out of your linux distrobution. The information is useful but here are a couple more tips that can help:

  • Although its generally not necessary to have multiple virtual terminals running in init 5; they are VERY useful on other (i.e. non-GUI) run levels. So instead of commenting them out we can simply disabled them for a given run level like this:

    1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
    2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
    3:23:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
    4:23:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
    5:23:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
    6:23:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

    This would give you 2 virtual terminals on run levels 4 & 5 but still retain all 6 when on 2 & 3.

  • Use Open Office a bunch? You can add this command to your .bashrc to keep an instance of Open Office in memory: “ooffice -quickstart &”.
  • Many people will see a noticeable speed improvement by building a kernel targeted to their particular processor. This may sound hard but its really just a simple as getting the src rpm of your current kernel and typing: “rpm –rebuild –target athlon kernel-verison.src.rpm”. You will then need to install the new kernel. The nice part about this is that it is registered as the same kernel and uses the same sources as the default distribution kernel.