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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:01
Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:17
Thanks guys, I guess I started a conversation more then a simple question lol
Probably won't do anything about it, I am quite light on app usage anyway.
But where do I find that janitor like program?
Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:04
You might experience a slow down on linux as you add programs and services, but it should decrease as you remove thing. There is some issues with uninstalling however - when you install program x and it needs dependency y, it will install x and y. If you go to remove x one day, it won't necessarily remove y, so some manual cleanup there might be good.
Linux (and OS X, etc.) still require defrags, the only way they could avoid it was if the filesystem defragged each file when it was modified (Which is too slow, so nobody does it outside of certain areas)
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:48
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:42
Posted 11 January 2013 - 19:20
My main machine is a Mac and has been since around 2005 odd and in my experience none of these machines experienced a slow down over time with one exception which i will come to a little later. I believe this is to do with the fundamental way Mac and Unix as a whole deals with applications which is that all settings are files and many of the resources are bundled with the application (i.e. DLL's) This not only makes it easier to backup but i believe has a big impact on performance, when compared to the Windows registry and DLL hell, the work in Windows 7 (started with Vista) done a lot to improve the reliability and consistency of the registry and they also done a lot to minimise and remove DLL hell which is why Win7 is a lot better at providing a consistent experience.
I will say the only exception to the rule with Mac's and Unix machines when it comes to performance is as mentioned earlier to do with the file system. The method is a good one, ensure that the files are as defragmented as possible when placing them onto the disk, start from the middle of the disk and work your way outwards (instead of at the start which is where DOS & Windows work). This works well as along as you have 10% disk space left, on the mac especially if you go past this and nearly fill your drive then performance goes off a cliff's edge. From my own personal experience, i have accidently filled a Mac's Hard disk a couple of times and in both times, even when freeing up hard disk space the performance of the system never recovered, i found my mac would constantly thrash the disks even with plenty of space, so i would always recommend keeping at least 10GB free with 20GB being the sweet spot.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 19:22
Posted 11 January 2013 - 20:16
I have never experienced any slowdown, but then again, I'm anal about what I install and always remove unneeded packages. Ubuntu Tweak has a 'Janitor' function that removes a lot of crap, and Synaptic has an option to remove packages after installation. Not sure about KDE or other systems since I'm an "Ubuntu Guy".
Posted 14 January 2013 - 20:10