[Lvlug] Prolonging the Life of a Hard Drive?
fingolfin at thelinuxlink.net
Sun Aug 28 10:40:59 EDT 2005
On Sun, 28 Aug 2005, Pat Regan wrote:
> I would say you should almost always have a little bit of swap enabled.
> Even a machine with plenty of ram will likely be able to swap out
> some rarely used pages to disk so it can utilize that RAM for disk cache.
Wholly Unrelated Glorification: Linux kicks ass at swap. I was up to my
balls in swap the other day (about 150-200 MB), running a heavy compile
and I still had smooth output from mplayer despite the lack of an
accelerated driver. As long as you're not playing games, swap seems to
be almost as responsive as RAM!
And then there's Win2k running Firefox on a PII. OUCH
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