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Beginning SUSE Linux, Second Edition by Keir Thomas

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CHAPTER 31Optimizing Your System

One slight problem with SUSE Linux (and all Linux distributions) is that they take a "one-size-fits-all" approach—the default installation attempts to provide services for every kind of user. While this offers the widest range of compatibility, it doesn't always ensure an optimized system.

You may never attach a printer to SUSE Linux, for example, so what's the point of keeping the printing subsystem in memory? You can remove it from your Linux setup and not only free memory, but also speed up boot times, because you no longer need to wait for the printer service to start. While this might save only a couple of seconds, or just a couple of hundred kilobytes of memory, repeating the process and paring SUSE Linux ...

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