Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Improve the Speed of your Ubuntu by using 'Preload'

Preload is an adaptive readahead daemon. It monitors applications that users run, and by analyzing this data, predicts what applications users might run, and fetches those binaries and their dependencies into memory for faster startup times.

Installation is pretty simple. 'preload' is there in the official repositories so you just need to issue this command from a Terminal:

sudo apt-get install preload

Once installed, it would start running silently in the background without asking for any further tweaking/customization and you'd definitely notice a boost for the applications you use most frequently.

However, you can still tweak a few settings. You can find the configuration file by typing this command in a Terminal:

gksudo gedit /etc/preload.conf

All the available options are well defined in that file so you just need to go through them and decide if you need to change anything. However in my opinion, you wouldn't need to change any settings and still 'preload' would just work a treat.

If you happen to change any settings, just restart 'preload' by:

sudo /etc/init.d/preload restart

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