Re: Mint 13 System Requirements
Postby xfrank on Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:19 pm
zolar1 wrote:I also noticed that, in my experience, that the cpu power is far more important than the memory. I had tried several distros in the past (AMD 64 4200+ with 3.5GB Ram) and most if not all ran the cpu near or at 100% but the memory wasn't even close to being used to capacity.
yes, but if you use ssd, to avoid wearing and extend the lifespan of the drive you have to run several writing processess (cache, logs, etc.) in memory, so memory is important.
It would be better a balance of memory/cpu, for example an i3 with 4 or 8gb ram.
I have an i5 + 8GB ram + EVO 500GB SSD.
I still get slow downs and sometimes slow to shut down.
I tried with and without tmpfs (assuming I had it set up right) and saw no real difference. In fact, sometimes when using firefox it would really slow down.
With SSD's going to last about 5+ years, this laptop would be worn out by then and need to be replaced.
I manually run fstrim about once a week. I edited fstab to include noatime. Discard seems to slow things down a bit.
I have seen my cpu max out when running things but barely uses 1/4 to 1/3 of my ram.
It has used nearly max ram when doing anything with USB (file transfers and such).
I wish there was a EASY way to toggle write caching on/off or at least permanently disable it for USB.
On my old desktop, mint KDE was sluggish, but did work sufficiently to do things. Had Athelon 64 4200+ with 4GB of dual channel ram and a C300 ssd (64gb). A 9600gt vid card.
I went to XP and it is significantly better. Nice and snappy!
It is only used for games that will only play on xp and older (no internet for it).
But alas, it is showing it's age. one IDE channel quit. As long as it don't completely die on me, I can use it for a long while.
Another item would be nice and that would be the ability to right click on something and set which cpu core(s) for it to run on.
I could shove (useless) things onto a core and save the speed for important things on the other core(s).
I still think that the fastest cpu you can get (or afford) will do better than a lot of ram (which linux doesn't use).
I like mint 13 better than the offspring of mint.
16 is awful. BSOD's, slow downs, had amnesia, etc, etc, etc.
And I can't find many of the easy to find settings that Mint 13 has.
I don't know what I am going to do when they stop supporting Mint 13.
If it's offsprings are any indication of what is to some, I may be stuck going back to windows or using another distro.
Networking spoofing and other necessary and required security features is mandatory for me. If I can't be safe with windows or linux, then which to choose and why?
Anyway, I would also like to point out that mint doesn't work with dual booting on a gpt partitioning scheme (with win7 preinstall)..
So another minimum might be a MBR partitioning scheme with win7 and not gpt.
(A thought - I wonder if Linux can compartmentize the GPT partitions of windows into a single partition subdivided by win partitions under it's gpt and in reality the hard drive be a true MBR - that way the MBR would see a single partition for windows and leave the rest of the drive for other uses - windows would only see it's own partition and go on about it's business).