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Optimizing Slackware: Help appreciated!

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Linux challenged Senior, not that it stops me...
Dec 28, 2001
Corner of No and Where
The story:
Due to the difficulties in getting Fedora (which I am used to, somewhat) running properly on NForce2 mobos, I have been trying out many other distros- so far, Slackware 9.1 is the one I have had the most success with, and like best.

BUT- it just does NOT seem to run as fast! (Based on running [email protected] and the processing times with both Slack and Fedora-using a separate nic for Fedora. :( )

I have compiled one of my own kernels so far using the 2.4.22 kernel and i686 but if anything it seems slightly slower than the stock, bare.i kernel used when I installed.

I did download the 2.6 kernel and I'm going to try that.....(wish me luck!) but I am sure that I am missing a lot of tweaks and performance enhancements since I am not what you would call "highly experienced" at optimizing linux, or kernels.

Any help on which/what/where and how are appreciated!


Apr 5, 2002
Just make sure your not running any services you don't need. Building your own kernel will usually run slower than the "bare.i". You custom kernel is probably quite a bit bulkier than the stock one. Honestly though, with 3+ GHz, you won't notice a damn difference between them.