[svlug] [svlug-announce] Featherweight Linux by Akkana Peck (WEDNESDAY)

Andrew Fife andrewbfife at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Apr 3 18:19:17 PST 2010

SPEAKER:  Akkana Peck
TOPIC:  Featherweight Linux

DATE: Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
TIME: 7pm-9pm

Slow is the new black! The "netbook" craze, with machines like the ASUS Eee family, 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 modern Linux distribution such as Ubuntu to run efficiently on slow CPU, low-memory machines. You'll see how 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[1] is a freelance programmer and writer who has been involved with open source for roughly two decades, contributing code to Mozilla/Firefox, GIMP and a variety of other projects. She's also the author of "Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional" and has written an assortment of tutorials for Linux Planet and other sites, including her own site.[2] 

[1] http://www.shallowsky.com/akkana.html
[2] http://www.shallowsky.com/


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