On May 27, 11:43 am, Mark Steward <markstew...@gmail.com
> I'm not sure what you mean by bloat. This is a complaint people used to
> level at Windows 95 because it included Unicode support. As I see it,
> Babbage fills a need for a well-supported environment for playing with
> reasonably up-to-date tools, which Ubuntu provides well. In fact, I'd like
> to upgrade to 11.04, but think it's better done incrementally for ease of
Stuff that I don't need and which I feel doesn't contribute much to
the overall performance, such as ureadahead.
> Do you have any information on why ureadahead's "crap", or do you just like
> caching files from disk manually?
I'm not an Ubuntu expert, in fact I only have Kubuntu running on my
netbook, however, I believe that ureadahead was added in order to
improve boot time. The problem that I've had with it was when I
decided to create another partition and move /var onto it because /var/
cache was filling up so fast on limited disk space. It refused to
boot, spewing out ureadahead errors. I had partial success fiddling
about with it but in the end gave up and did a fresh install.
Ureadahead is, I believe, fairly new and, it seems to me, quite
buggy. It appears to be supported by one person. I'm not even sure
how much it improves boot time, which, anyway, is irrelevant for a
server which is going to be up for most of the time.
> > I ended up building my own server OS from scratch and I haven't
> > regretted it. It's incredibly stable, it's small and light, it's
> > built to support just my hardware, and the only time I update any of
> > the packages is when there's a possible exploit found. It's seven
> > years old, running gcc-3.4.3, but still compiles and runs the latest
> > Erlang code, for example.
> Awesome, what's your IP address?
I'm afraid that it's a server I use on my internal network, partly for
Drupal development. It's tiny, and solid state, not particularly
fast, but works well enough. I'm planning on rebuilding it with newer
and faster hardware when I have the time, and then making it publicly