Make Ubuntu Faster: File System Boost
I was getting tired of Ubuntu running slower than Windows XP. I looked around online and found some guides. I decided to post about them here for two reasons: I would like to have all the info in one place, I think the more people that know about these tweaks the better. I will start with making your file system faster.
Linux has several choices of filesystems. Two quite known filesystems are ext3 and ReiserFS. This following howto works for both those two filesystems.
The ext3 filesystem provides more journaling which makes it "safer" and recovery of files in case of a crash is more likely. This has its price in performance thou. ReiserFS is a faster filesystem but with less safety. The default for ubuntu systems is ext3.
Ext3 & ReiserFS has three kinds of journaling methods:
1) Journal Data Writeback
2) Journal Data Ordered
3) Journal Data
I don't want to explain them to much here but the difference of the three is when the actual data is written to the filesystem in relation to the metadata and its entrance into the journal.
By default the the 2nd method is used.
To speed things up we will make it use method 1.