F7 now super slow, will it infect Fedora 8?

Phil Meyer pmeyer at themeyerfarm.com
Mon Feb 4 19:05:40 UTC 2008

Tim wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-02-03 at 21:57 -0500, Doug Purdy wrote:
>> Since before Dec 25 both my FC2 and my F7 computers have been running
>> super slow. Both machines also have XT and that ran fine in informal
>> tests this weekend, that is, XT responded well and exhibited no
>> slowness or crashes. 
> "XT"?
> If it weren't two computers, cooling would have been the first thing to
> spring to mind (it could still be, if you're in a hot environment).
> Things like fans and heatsinks gunked up with fluff stops them working
> right, and some systems will slow the CPU down to stop it burning out.
> The other thing that springs to mind with two computers, is whether
> you've been compromised.  You could check for a rootkit, but this is
> just a wild stab in the dark.
> Taking minutes to finish booting could also point the finger at name
> resolution not working, if you have services that need to know their
> network addresses.

Another thing to look at is memory.  On systems with 256MB or less, 
applications will get totally paged out over night during cron activity.

When these applications attempt to run the next day, they can take 
minutes to page back in, depending upon HD speeds and application size.

Rebooting appears to solve the problem only because there is nothing 
cached in memory and the system can load new things without having to 
reorganize physical memory.

XP will not show the same symptoms on these systems because it does not 
run the same level of disk heavy cron jobs (logwatch, updatedb, 
makewhatis, and prelink).

XP also does not have a very robust paging system and can simply fail 
applications when physical memory is exceeded.

All I am suggesting, is that there is a good reason that the Fedora 
developers have moved the recommended memory requirement to 512MB.  
Fedora, and many other Linux distros can be made to run in 128MB or even 
less, but you have to know what you are doing, and limit what you use it 

In general, memory helps all UNIX/Linux based systems.  The more memory 
the better, and 2GB desktop systems are becoming common place.

Good Luck!

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