SSDs rule (was: Re: No easy mounting of nfs shares (Maverick, solved))

Marius Gedminas marius at
Wed Oct 6 18:17:39 UTC 2010

On Wed, Oct 06, 2010 at 10:45:08AM -0500, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-10-06 at 17:39 +0200, Thierry de Coulon wrote:
> > And my Laptop boots in just 19 seconds and takes 6 seconds to
> > shutdown. That incredibly fast afterweeks of trying to get KDE 4 to
> > work (took good 45 seconds to start, at least).
> You mind telling me which SSD you got? I bought an Intel SSD but I've
> been neglecting to install it


I bought an Intel SSD (X-25M) early this year.  Best upgrade ever.
Laptop boots in 8 seconds, according to bootchart.  A more realistic
measurement is 30 seconds from power button to usable desktop, and this
counts the time it takes me to peck my password into GDM.  Bloatware
such as Firefox or opens in ~3 seconds with cold disk
caches (which is still too slow, so I use Chromium).  I can recursively
grep several hundred megabytes of source code in ~10 seconds.  Even
apt-get install is fast.

> and bench it so I was just wondering which
> SSD you bought and if you would be willing to run a bench and post the
> results.

I don't care about benchmarks myself; I care about user's (i.e. my)
perceptions.  And I feel that I never wait on the hard disk anymore.

(Perhaps this feeling is a bit exaggerated, since the Intel SSD was
bloody expensive.  But if you've already got one, by all means use it!)

> My favorite happens to be moving
> the Close, Maximise and Minimise to the left, I'm not a Mac user >.>

(Took me a week to get used to.  Now I'm thrown off when I see the close
button on the right on someone else's machine.)

Marius Gedminas
Those who can't write, write manuals.
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