Linux performance ?

Are there any projects to speed up linux and increase the performance, while maintaining the ease of use ? I got a few ideals on how, but don’t think the developers would be interested, there is stampede Linux but it looks like they ain’t getting along, anyone know of any other developments ?

You can build your own kernel cut down to only the parts you need, that will generally speed things up quite nicely.

I’m pretty happy with RH9, it does what I want in a speedy fashion. WinXP works most of the time, but then bogs down doing I don’t know what, and I have no way of finding out. At least on Linux I can “ps” and see exactly what is up, and why my athlon 1800 is slowing down, and most of the time, kill the errant process and be fine. No reboots…hahahaha

Just compile your own Linux from Scratch with extrem compiler optimization. Runs excellent!

Thanks, but I was refering tour Linux in gerneral. Well, here’s my thought on things, windows2000 partion and compress files to free up memory, I know that Linux partion it drives, so I’m assuming that none of them are compress.

Something that I believe may speed up the OS is to a low format the hard drive, the files could be read faster, if the tracks or sectors were in a spiral motion and divide more as it reach the outer later. This is the same process on a optical drive.

Another thing that caught my attention is all the files that had to be loaded, would it be quicker if the same features were put into one file, not all of them, but 2 or 3 ?

Filesystem optimization is a super-complex area of comp sci. that has all sorts of work going on in the field. Google up Reiserfs, ext3, or any of the popular filesystem types and you can learn quite a bit about the different tradeoffs going on with the actual management of the 1s and 0s going on at the hardware level. One could easily spend an entire career in the field and just start to scratch the surface (no pun intended!!!)

reiserfs is one of the most ‘high tech’ filesystems, in terms of features, performance and underlying design. It uses balanced trees and does meta-data journaling at the 3.6 version. the 4.0 version which is still not out features a plugin architecture and some high-falutin’ high security features.
Go to and check out their papers on reiserfs. Pretty impressive stuff.
The conservative, default aproach is to use ext3, which adds configurable metadata and data journaling to the ext2 filesystem- this is the ‘safe’ way to do things that most distros default to. But you’re perfectly capable of not using the default. most distros allow you to use other filesystems including reiser.
I think that every project has a goal of increasing performance- from kde down to the linux kernel. follow the dev mailing lists and you’ll see that there’s a lot of thought put into it.
Most of its way over my head- I’m not a computer scientist., but it makes for a good read anyway.

ok, thanks anyways