prelink: HOWTO and benchmarks

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I’ve used prelink in the past on Ubuntu in an attempt to speed up application loading, but I’ve never actually done any benchmarks to test the results. I decided today to run some simple benchmarks to gauge the performance increase of using prelink.

For readers too lazy to read through the entire article, I will summarize by saying that using prelink does reduce application load time.

Programs that will be used for testing:

OpenOffice.org 2.4 Writer
Firefox 3.0
Azureus BitTorrent Client
Tremulous
Evolution Mail Client
GIMP

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