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, 2.3, Xfce 4.4.1, and much more!"
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RE[3]: Great release!
by Luis on Thu 4th Oct 2007 22:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Great release!"
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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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RE[4]: Great release!
by sbergman27 on Thu 4th Oct 2007 22:11 in reply to "RE[3]: Great release!"
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"""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."""

No. Keeping it as empty as possible does not do you much more good than simply keeping it less than 95% full. Which ext3 does for you automatically, by reserving 5% for emergency use by root. 5% free space is what the built in fragmentation avoidance algorithms expect.

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