Re: Two ways Microsoft sabotages Linux desktop adoption

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On Tue, 2006-02-14 at 22:17, Mike McCarty wrote:

> >>>>Its a 2.4gHz Athlon box.
> >>>>
> >>>>Something wrong with your 58 second machine there Mike :-(
> >>>
> >>>----
> >>>take his commentary with a grain of salt and recognize that he is using
> >>>FC-2 which I am sure few will argue was better abandoned for FC-3
> >>
> >>Are you suggesting that FC4 would load it any faster?
> > 
> > 
> > Probably but I think you have a specific problem on that machine.
> I suspect the specific problem I have is lack of RAM.

Or too many programs loaded.  Adding RAM is easier than sorting
out what you don't really need to run, though.

> > I've got a dual pII-450 running FC1 that starts OO in about 10
> > seconds.  The first instance of Firefox with google as the home
> > page takes about 5 seconds, another window about 2.  Does
> > hdparm -T -t show somewhere near 30MB/sec for buffered reads?
> > 
> # hdparm -T -t /dev/hda
> /dev/hda:
>   Timing buffer-cache reads:   1096 MB in  2.00 seconds = 547.54 MB/sec
>   Timing buffered disk reads:   66 MB in  3.02 seconds =  21.86 MB/sec
> Is that close enough to 30MB/s?

It's less than my ancient PII-450 gets with an almost-as-old
66 mHZ IDE card.  A  2.4 gHZ P4 that should be closer to your
specs gets 60MB/s.  Do you see something like:
hda: 234441648 sectors (120034 MB) w/8192KiB Cache, CHS=16383/255/63,
if you look at 'dmesg | less'?  (The UDMA and speed being
the relevant part).

  Les Mikesell

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