[K12OSN] Firefox and load average

Robert Arkiletian robark at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 06:31:25 UTC 2007

On Dec 3, 2007 10:08 AM, David Hopkins <dahopkins429 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just recently (last few days) when students launch FF (1.5), the load
> average on the server will spike to 20 or so, sometimes much higher,
> (on a dual 2.4GHz hyperthreaded Xeon system), then over a few minutes
> come back to 2 (more or less). The problem is that during the spike,
> everything comes to a complete crawl.  Since this behavior has only
> started recently, I am at a loss for why. I have not updated any
> packages nor added any.  It is almost like some 'tipping point' was
> reached wrt files, perhaps related to a thread discussion earlier
> concerning open files?  Has anyone else on the list seen behavior like
> this? And if so, have a recommendation on how to resolve it?

I have a very similar server and I also had high load averages with FF
and flash sites with 30 users. I have switched to Opera and it has
made a big difference. Opera is very configurable in terms of global
settings which is a plus. All flash processess run at nice 19 so the
system runs much smoother. The only sad part is Opera is not Open
Source. But it is free as in beer.

Robert Arkiletian
Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada
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