Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Apr 2013 14:56 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu 13.04 has been released, with the Linux 3.8.8 kernel, a faster and less resource hungry Unity desktop, LibreOffice 4.0, and much more. Ubuntu users will know where to get it, and you're looking for a new installation, have fun. Also fun: UbuntuKylin.
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Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

I also disabled swap on my 1 GB Windows XP without any problem so far, for 5 years now, running up to 3 or 4 applications at the same time. I used to work on Atari machine with 1, 4 or 14 MB and things were working pretty fine. We have now 1000x more power and complain ?

Kochise

Edited 2013-04-27 20:26 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

There is some swapping going on there. Otherwise the OS would just fall over.

http://lifehacker.com/5426041/understanding-the-windows-pagefile-an...

It also been known for a long time that a lot of the XP tweeks such as this are bullshit.

Here is a list of some of the other ones:

http://lifehacker.com/5033518/debunking-common-windows-performance-...

TBH when people claim you don't need swap etc. I don't think the really understand how most Operating Systems work ... THE KERNEL EXPECTS IT TO BE THERE ... irrelevant on whether it is needed.

Edited 2013-04-27 20:46 UTC

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

When there is enough RAM, the kernel SHOULDN'T use swap, period. I save the size of the swap file and several accesses to it, saving not only time but power consumption and hard disk life time. No "hack" there, just common sense. Windows is still allowed to create temp files, but a 8 GB swap file ? Come on...

Kochise

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

lucas_maximus,


"TBH when people claim you don't need swap etc. I don't think the really understand how most Operating Systems work ... THE KERNEL EXPECTS IT TO BE THERE ... irrelevant on whether it is needed."

You are simply wrong, many of us have done it with no ill effects what-so-ever (I did it on XP, but I'll try it again on win7 when I get the chance). I've experienced one single instance where an application stupidly *demanded* swap (adobe photoshop). Even when there was plenty of free ram, it'd error out. This was most certainly due to a bug or poor logic on adobe's part, but in general the OS doesn't care as long as there's enough ram.

Edited 2013-04-28 01:42 UTC

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