Featherweight Linux: How to turn a netbook or older laptop into a Ferrari

Location: Ballroom A2
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Small is the new black! The “netbook” craze, with machines like the
Asus Eee, has raised a lot of interest in small and relatively slow
hardware. Even if you don’t have a shiny new netbook, what about
that older laptop sitting in your closet … that one that you stopped
using because it was too slow? Maybe you’ve wondered if there’s a
way to bring that old hardware back to life?

This talk will cover ways of configuring a Linux distribution to run
efficiently on slow CPU, low memory machines. You can get big
performance gains from areas such as:

  • speeding up the boot process
  • options for lightweight window managers
  • performance tools that can help you find bottlenecks
  • tuning your kernel
  • Finding lightweight alternatives to big applications

Akkana Peck


Akkana Peck is a freelance software developer and writer, and the author of the book “Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional.”
She has been an open source software developer for some 20 years and has contributed to Mozilla, GIMP and an assortment of other projects.
Her web site is http://shallowsky.com

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David Lundberg
07/24/2009 3:46am PDT

practical, useful. excellent.

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