Chapter 32. Performance Tuning

Squeezing extra performance out of your hardware might sound like a pointless task, given how inexpensive hard drives and memory have become over time. To a certain degree this is true, for most folks at least. But as we’ve said before, Linux users are tinkerers at heart. Many of us will gladly spend hours to make our computers work harder, faster, and smarter. Like the amateur auto mechanics of generations past, a cottage industry of overclockers and performance zealots has risen among the hordes of geekdom. And with the capability that Linux and other open-source software gives you to look under the hood and see for yourself what’s going on, ...

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