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Hey everyone

I've had Fedora 15 installed on my SSD for a while, I've done all the optimizations found on the Fedora and OCZ forums and the performance isn't great, i haven't benchmarked the drive but the boot times are awful, it takes very nearly the same time as my mechanical drive.

Fedora been annoying me a bit and i think I've found the a distro to suit me better (OpenSUSE) so before i install it I'm wondering if I'll actually benefit from using the SSD or should I just install it to a mechanical drive?

Much obliged,

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If there are performance benefits then sure I would, otherwise there is little point other than possibly less noise from the drive and less heat from the drive.
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
If there are performance benefits then sure I would, otherwise there is little point other than possibly less noise from the drive and less heat from the drive.
That's kind of what I'm asking, I'm wondering if anyone is using an SSD with linux and if so does it actually provide better performance.

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That's kind of what I'm asking, I'm wondering if anyone is using an SSD with linux and if so does it actually provide better performance.

Thanks
I did it is pretty damn quick though I noticed less of an improvement than I did with going from an hdd to ssd in windows. Probably how it accesses the disk I supposed.

If you do be sure to add discard to the options in your fstab, switch to a disk scheduler like noop. (add elevator=noop to the kernel line in your bootloader). Also a good idea to put swap and var on a normal hdd. Var is less of an issue but SWAP is big time if you use swap anymore. Also mounting TMP on a tmpfs is a good idea. It is a bit more involved than windows but this can really preserve ssd life much better than windows.
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post #5 of 11
For normal use no point but if you already have one then just use it. Use
SSD or SAS2 on linux only if you really need to run some sever application
that needs heavy I/O like mysql or caching server.



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Use a less bloated distro. 9.2 seconds in Arch for Gnome 3 with my SSD. 2.4GHz Core 2 with single channel ram still feels faster than my sig rig.
    
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Everything is better with an SSD
    
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post #8 of 11
Fedora 15 sucks
I'm not just saying that because of gnome 3

anyway I see no reason to have a SSD in Linux IMO
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 8/19/11 at 1:22pm
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Quote:
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Fedora 15 sucks
I;m not just saying that because of gnome 3
I very much dislike where desktops are going on linux.

Best thing to do is always configure arch.
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I very much dislike where desktops are going on linux.

Best thing to do is always configure arch.
so much bloatware
that's why I working on my own disto
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