[K12OSN] OT: High load averages with CentOS?

Robert Arkiletian robark at gmail.com
Mon Sep 15 16:52:44 UTC 2008

On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 8:52 AM, David Hopkins <dahopkins429 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 11:36 AM, Robert Arkiletian <robark at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 6:34 AM, David Hopkins <dahopkins429 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I am curious if anyone else is seeing the following:
>>> In a classroom of 27 students, they launch Firefox,
>>> Staroffice8 Impress, and Staroffice8 Writer. The load average goes to
>>> around 32 and stays there.  There isn't any swap being used (memory
>>> usage is at 85%), and %id is around 1-2%.  This same system running
>>> Fedora 7 ran these same packages in this scenario with a load average
>>> of around 6 and %id in the 50% range.  I have made certain that I have
>>> the same version of FF (and flash and java plugins) as well as the
>> What version of flash?
>> What are the top 10 apps listed by "top"?
> Flash is version 124.  The top 10 changed at each refresh but were
> either FF or Staroffice which is what I expected to see.

I am also using a dual cpu hyperthreaded Xeon (2.8Ghz old netburst
technology). I found flash .48 to be much less of a hog. Also I could
not continue using firefox because my cpus are just not powerful
enough. Especially flash heavy sites.
I switched to Opera and I can still have a full class of students
browsing. Unfortunately, Opera is not free as in speech but it is free
as in beer.

Not sure about staroffice.

Robert Arkiletian
Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada
Fl_TeacherTool http://www3.telus.net/public/robark/Fl_TeacherTool/
C++ GUI tutorial http://www3.telus.net/public/robark/

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