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5 performance hacks for Linux

Nov. 11, 2015 ⋅ Categories: Cloud, Infrastructure

When it comes to an enterprise server platform, faster is better. One of the advantages of using Linux is that it’s made to run more efficiently than other operating systems that prioritize user-friendliness. This doesn’t mean that your OS is always ready to go at maximum capacity, though. You can apply some of these extra steps to help your Linux system run all its programs quickly:

  1. Clear unnecessary programs. The first way to improve your Linux performance is to make sure it’s only running the programs it needs to. This starts with daemons, which run programs in the background. While daemons can fulfill important tasks, there are some you may not need, and those components tend to slow your boot time and take up random-access memory and central processing units. You can disable these unused daemons in startup scripts to shorten your boot-up time and clear some memory space.
  2. Optimize your transmission control protocol. You’ll also want to optimize your TCP, especially if you’re setting this system up for a big network. Tweaking your TCP helps frequently connected applications keep up with their network throughput and keeps your data transfer rates from slowing.
  3. Use lightweight programs. It’s important to look at what components of your OS could be unnecessarily bogging it down. One of these could be some of the programs you use. To help speed up your Linux performance, you can use lightweight versions of programs that serve the same function but omit special features meant for users accustomed to visual computing.
  4. Get rid of the graphical user interface. The GUI allows users to interact with their screens with visuals and icons, but one of the advantages of Linux is that it doesn’t require this kind of interface. While this route isn’t necessarily user-friendly, it’s a no-brainer for those who are used to running commands off a script, as it saves memory space and CPU cycles.
  5. Always update. Linux is open-source software that can be run through a number of different distributions, like Ubuntu or Fedora, and each version is frequently updated. Keeping up with these changes and downloading any new versions of the operating system is one way to guarantee that your Linux system is operating at its fastest and securest.

If you need a computing system that can keep up with the needs of your enterprise, contact PSSC Labs today. We can work with you to design a system that fits the unique needs of your organization.

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