Re: GUADEC Hacking

On Thu, Apr 14, 2005 at 12:51:40AM +0100, Mike Hearn wrote:
> On Mon, 11 Apr 2005 22:42:41 -0400, David Zeuthen wrote:
> > Interestingly enough, implementing things such as disk defrag and sane
> > readahead (a'la Windows XP and Mac OS X) may actually help mask the root
> > problems we're seeing right now. So we better work on them before it's
> > too late :-)
> <random lurker speculation>
> Starting up all the programs in the session at once probably makes things
> look slower than they really are, just through the thundering herd
> problem. I have no statistics on this. It's wild hand waving and
> intuition.
> Usually when I log in, all these things try and start at once:
> - metacity
> - evolution
> - nautilus
> - gnome-panel, and then all the panel applets
> - gaim
> - xmms
> - terminals
> - other stuff I don't remember

The issues I see as far as the feel of speed when starting my system
isn't once you're logged in and your session is restoring (my session is
to start nothing on login), but before, after I've typed my password
into gdm and hit enter, and the system just seems to sit there, then
eventually load the splash screen, sit some more, load some icons, sit,
then my desktop appears.  *That* is the issue that I think needs to be
worked on (or at least, the one that I think is outside of the users
control (ie: not starting a bunch of stuff in your session).


Alan <alan ufies org> -
"Backups are for people who don't pray."                 -- big Mike

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