How to Make Linux Run Faster

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To make Linux run faster, change the file system that was installed on the computer or use a program called Prelink, which links shared objects for programs. Find a system on Linux that will optimize how small files are used with help from a software developer in this free video on Linux.

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Hi. My name is Dave Andrews. Today, I'm going to show you how to make Linux run faster. Let's go to our computer. I'm going to pull up a terminal here. And one thing that you can do to make you Linux run faster is the choice of file system that you used when you installed your computer. Now if I type the mount command, you can see that the root of my file system is using the file system Ext3. Now, Ext3 is a very secure, very solid, very stable file system. But there are other file systems available, such as Riser file system, that are actually optimized to store a lot of small files. And Linux uses a whole lot of small files, small text files for configuration and things like that. So I suggest that you would use a system, such as Riser FS, for your main file system. And that way, your file system can access files a lot faster. Now, another tip is use a program called Prelink. And if type "sudo apt get install prelink" on my installation of Linux, it's going to go and download the Prelink program and install it. As you can see, I already have it installed. So let's go and configure Prelink by typing "sudo gedit". And the command is "se default prelink". So that'll open up the Prelink configuration file. Let's just prelinking here to say yes, and save it. Now if we run "sudo prelink" or rather just "prelink", this program will run and it will go through and link a lot of your shared objects for programs that you use. It'll go ahead and get those linked in so that the programs will load and run faster. Mine name's Dave Andrews, and I've just showed you how to make Linux run faster.

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