HOWTO : Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop on Solid State Disk (SSD)

In my opinion, logs files of Linux is almost useless on desktop usage. If you agree with me, you can make your Linux box runs faster than before. Basically, you should have 1GB RAM or more.

Step A :

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Append the following lines to /etc/fstab

tmpfs /tmp tmpfs noexec,defaults,noatime 0 0
tmpfs /var/tmp tmpfs noexec,defaults,noatime 0 0

sudo mount -a

If there is no error, you can reboot your system after completed all the steps mentioned here.

Step B :

sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf

Append the following line to /etc/sysctl.conf

vm.swappiness=1

Step C :
Firefox puts its cache in your home partition. By moving this cache in RAM you can speed up Firefox and reduce disk writes. Complete the previous tweak to mount /tmp in RAM, and you can put the cache there as well.

Open about:config in Firefox. Right click in an open area and create a new string value called browser.cache.disk.parent_directory. Set the value to /tmp.

Step D :

Add the following line at the end of /boot/grub/menu.lst of kernel tab.

elevator=noop

Reboot your system and you will experience the performance.

By the way, if you want to install Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 to ASUS Eee PC 701, you will encounter lagging on the operation. You may consider to install the following version namely Lambda Netbook Remix at Unofficial Ubuntu Hack! which is in Traditional Chinese by default. However, you can choose to install it in English too. After the installation, you can apply the captioned settings to improve the life of the SSD and increase the performance of your Eee PC 701.

Remarks :
If you do not have any SSD, you can also tune your system by following Step A to C.

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