This is version 1.0 of “Howto: Set up Hardy for speed.”
This guide is a collection of tips and tweaks for Ubuntu Linux 8.04. The content comes from tutorials and speed suggestions found on the Ubuntu Forums and elsewhere. The material has been collated and narrated, and arranged with links to external resources or supplemental information.
The guide describes how to set up a faster Ubuntu 8.04 system, with an eye on machines that predate Pentium 4 models or require non-default settings to achieve better performance. Please read the Welcome pages for more information.
This howto is released under the GNU Free Documentation License, v1.2. Please read the included license page for details.
The guide is available in two forms: A Zim notebook and as a relative-linked HTML document.
The size of the guide and the material included does not lend itself to a blog post, although it could easily be incorporated into another Web site or wiki, probably with minimal effort. On a blog however, it would be too easy to make a mistake or miscode something.
Zim also makes it easy to convert the guide to HTML, which makes it a little more accessible to machines that don’t have an Internet connection, or lack graphical environments. It also makes the guide platform-independent, which means you don’t need to use Linux to read it.
The files are compressed as .tar.bz2 files, and are hosted outside of WordPress.com, which doesn’t allow that file extension to be uploaded. These guides are considerably larger than past guides, because of the inclusion of bootcharts and other visual elements.
The current versions can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
For a command-line accessible link, please follow a link above to a download page.
To install the guide for use with Zim, decompress it into a folder, and add the folder as a notebook in Zim. The guide is introduced on the Welcome page.
To install the guide for use as an HTML document, decompress it, then open the index.html page in your browser.
For questions, corrections, ideas or suggestions for the howto, please feel free to leave a comment here. Translations and additional hosts are always welcome; I’d be more than happy to link to wikis, translations or revisions of the howto.
v1.0, 4 May 2008
• Initial release