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Re: Advice on system purchase

On 10/28/2012 12:36 PM, David Christensen wrote:
On 10/27/12 23:10, David Christensen wrote:
 > I finally settled on Wheezy OOTB as much as possible with LUKS, ext4,
 > and VirtualBox,

Correction:  And Intel HD 2000 graphics support, single head.

On 10/28/12 04:32, Mark Allums wrote:
I don't bother with SSDs on Linux machines for personal use.

I believe my SSD is the single most important factor contributing to
overall responsiveness of my desktop machine.  The latency is what makes
the difference -- hundreds of seeks at 5.5 ms each for a Western Digital
WD800JB HDD take seconds.  At 85 us per seek, an Intel 520 series SSD
can do the same in a tiny fraction of a second.  The key parameter is
random input/output operations per second.

The principle is sound, but the prices are 10x too much.


ext4 has been found to be dangerous right now in kernels 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6, due to a data loss bug. They are working on the patch as we speak, of course, but in the meantime, minimize the number of times you mount the ext4 filesystem.


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