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Tales from responsivenessland: why Linux feels slow, and how to fix that

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Desktop performance on Linux computers has been a hot-button issue of late, and a source of longstanding fights among the Linux developers. Today, I want to show you how I boosted (and you can boost) desktop performance dramatically.

The problem

What’s the number one cause of desktop performance problems?

Let me answer that question with another set of questions:

* Have you noticed how slow your computer is after after unzipping a big file?
* Perhaps you can also notice this effect overnight as well — you return to your computer, and every open application takes a while before they behave snappily again.
* Do you use Amarok? Then you’ll notice this effect after Amarok has finished scanning your music collection.

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