Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Oct 2007 15:34 UTC, submitted by te_lanus
SuSE, openSUSE OpenSUSE 10.3 has been released today. "This version contains new beautiful green artwork, KDE 3.5.7 and parts of KDE 4, SUSE-polished GNOME 2.20, a GTK version of YaST, a new 1-click-install technology, MP3 support out-of-the-box, new and redesigned YaST modules, compiz and compiz fusion advances, virtualisation improvements, OpenOffice.org 2.3, Xfce 4.4.1, and much more!"
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RE: Great release!
by hornett on Thu 4th Oct 2007 16:18 UTC in reply to "Great release!"
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Member since:
2005-09-19

Yes, I'm not usually a SUSE fan, but this release looks lovely.

PS. There is more info about the new boot stuff here:
http://news.opensuse.org/?p=104

It will be interesting to see if defragmenting on Linux really makes as much difference as they suggest...

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RE[2]: Great release!
by sbergman27 on Thu 4th Oct 2007 18:17 in reply to "RE: Great release!"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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Yes, I'm not usually a SUSE fan, but this release looks lovely.

PS. There is more info about the new boot stuff here:
http://news.opensuse.org/?p=104

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From the linked article:

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People claiming that you do not need to defragment on Linux must never boot. On your 10.2 installation above for example, after 2-5 system updates it would probably take 80s to boot instead.

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Wow. How can I argue with that kind of hard data?

Seems like it would have been *extremely* easy to demonstrate that with another boot chart... if it were true. Color me skeptical. Unless Suse updates do something particularly egregious, I just don't see it.

That one statement is so questionable that it makes me wonder a bit about the whole article.

Edit: Clarified that I was referring to the parent comment's linked article and not the main story's link.

Edited 2007-10-04 18:35

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RE[3]: Great release!
by Luis on Thu 4th Oct 2007 22:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Great release!"
Luis Member since:
2006-04-28

AFAIK, fragmentation only happens in Linux when your hard drive is quite full. It's normal, since with little space free and randomly spread across the HD, you can just fragment big files to write them. And sure, fragmentation degrades performance (if anyone has a small partition available, a simple test like formatting the partition, copying enough files to fill it up - e.g, your music collection- then delete some files to leave about 10% free space. Now copy a tarball and time how much it takes to untar. Then format the partition again and try extracting that same tarball again with the partition clean. The difference is in the range of 40s vs. 8s).

So to keep the system fast (not only regarding boot time) it's always good to keep your HD clean and as empty as possible. It makes a big difference (though convenience vs. performance must be taken into account too, of course).

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