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howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby Earro on Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:11 pm

hi guys and gals ,
I just installed on a 1GB laptop and mint 14 is eating about 200MB memory
i was wondering ..is there a way to make it lean / less resource intensive ?
i have unloaded unused kernel modules ..like lp /firewire etc that i dont need
stopped cups ( i dont have a printer )
any other suggestions ?
i tried E17 a few days ago but that sucker was running in 110 MB .. is there anyway to get there from here ?

thank you all kindly.
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby xenopeek on Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:31 pm

Can you share which desktop environment you are using, and whether you install 32 bit or 64 bit version?

You can disable some services also, if you don't need them, like Samba and Avahi. I have a post here with the details on that: viewtopic.php?f=157&t=124713&p=682920#p683039. It will be but a minor difference I think.
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby nomko on Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:37 pm

Why not trying a distro specially made for older computers like DSL or Puppy Linux?
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby Earro on Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:45 pm

Thanx guys
i am using mint 14 nadia
with kernel : 3.5.0-17-generic
i am looking at that thread now thanx again

as to using dsl etc .. i tried stilaz ( very nifty little thing ) but could not get wifi working
plus i need apt-get to work for some stuff thats really not there on tinycore or stilaz or dsl or puppy

love mate tho :)
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby Earro on Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:11 pm

ok got it down to 133MB running

i stopped
avahi daemon
cups
modem-manager
bluetooth ( dont have it on my lappy )
smbd
nmbd
dhclient

and removed modules i dont need

sudo rmmod firewire_ohci
sudo rmmod firewire_core
sudo rmmod crc_itu_t
sudo rmmod firewire
sudo rmmod parport
sudo rmmod lp
sudo rmmod joydev
sudo rmmod pcmcia
sudo rmmod kvm_intel
sudo rmmod bluetooth
sudo rmmod rfcomm
sudo rmmod pcmcia_core
sudo rmmod pcmcia_rsrc
sudo rmmod yenta_socket
sudo rmmod bluetooth
sudo rmmod pcmcia_core
sudo rmmod kvm
sudo rmmod mac_hid



just posting for someone else looking for something similar
boots up in about 11seconds to grub and another 14 seconds to menu

looks good ..
thanx all
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby igor83 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:20 pm

Earro wrote:ok got it down to 133MB running

i stopped
avahi daemon
cups
modem-manager
bluetooth ( dont have it on my lappy )
smbd
nmbd
dhclient

and removed modules i dont need

sudo rmmod firewire_ohci
sudo rmmod firewire_core
sudo rmmod crc_itu_t
sudo rmmod firewire
sudo rmmod parport
sudo rmmod lp
sudo rmmod joydev
sudo rmmod pcmcia
sudo rmmod kvm_intel
sudo rmmod bluetooth
sudo rmmod rfcomm
sudo rmmod pcmcia_core
sudo rmmod pcmcia_rsrc
sudo rmmod yenta_socket
sudo rmmod bluetooth
sudo rmmod pcmcia_core
sudo rmmod kvm
sudo rmmod mac_hid



just posting for someone else looking for something similar
boots up in about 11seconds to grub and another 14 seconds to menu

looks good ..
thanx all


I tried some of those commands and I got errors.

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 ~ $ sudo rmmod parport
[sudo] password for igor:
ERROR: Module parport is in use by ppdev,parport_pc,lp
 ~ $ sudo rmmod joydev
ERROR: Module joydev does not exist in /proc/modules
 ~ $ sudo rmmod bluetooth
ERROR: Module bluetooth is in use by bnep,rfcomm
 ~ $


Did you also remove the modules that use those modules?
My desktop runs 64-bit Kubuntu 13.04, my htpc runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia Xfce, my answering machine runs 64-bit windows 7, and my laptop runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia KDE. Each seems suited to its purpose.
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby Earro on Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:44 am

yes ofcourse you have to igor
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby nomko on Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:30 am

I saw some services/modules which i don't need to like firewire and pcmcia. I'll give it a try and remove those modules too.
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby igor83 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:39 am

nomko wrote:I saw some services/modules which i don't need to like firewire and pcmcia. I'll give it a try and remove those modules too.


I find that these modules are not removed unless they are blacklisted; rmmod merely removes them until the next reboot.
It also seems like they take up very little memory, if the size is being listed in bytes rather than kilobytes.
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Re: howto make Linux Mint 14 Nadia lean?

Postby Earro on Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:55 am

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Ok i can live with this :)

Down to 107MB and fast response :)
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