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Re: [SLE] Linux still surfs slower than Windows
  • From: Christopher Carlen <crcarle@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:26:18 -0800
  • Message-id: <421A27CA.3030200@xxxxxxxxxx>
BandiPat wrote:

I'm thinking you have something not just quite right on your Linux side or Windows is in some way causing you to see the differences you see. Although, I'm using SuSE 9.2, I'm not seeing the time differences with any of my browsers on the cnn site. When I say differences, I mean the readings you are getting on your Windows side, are comparable to my Linux readings. But, I only have Linux installed, not a dual boot.

I can't say with any assurance that Windows is affecting things, but I know there have been several mails on this list complaining about things like this and they trace it down to something Windows has done after running it or before running their Linux session. You might try booting directly to Linux after turning the computer on. Just rebooting is not going to clear things out that Windows might have done.

Just a thought,

Thanks for the input.

Perhaps you didn't notice that I'm running Win2k in a VMware virtual machine under Linux with bridged networking through the same physical interface as Linux is driving.

So interestingly, that means it is the Linux hardware driver that is handling Windows' networking!

Also I have a real physical Win2k dual boot, which is turned off when switching OSes, because it is a funny configuration:

To make the Windows useable for security hazardous operations such as general surfing with IE, I gave it it's own hard drive. There is a switch on the front of the PC to select which hard drive to boot.

So the Linux HD is actually unpowered when Win2k runs. Thus, the machine must be completely powered down when before switching HDs.

Anyway, the performance of Win2k running on native hardware vs. VM is the same. Very good, vs. the Linux slooowness.

Keep in mind, that some of the suggestions implemented thus far have improved Linux to the point of being very useable and in many cases almost the same as the Windows. Those being to use options timeout:1 in /etc/resolv.conf, and some parameter changes in the browsers.

So at this point I am continuing to investigate the root cause of the problem more for academic purposes. I'd like to get to the bottom of it. Is it highly probable that it is a DNS server quirk on the ISP's side of things.

Good day!

Christopher R. Carlen
Principal Laser/Optical Technologist
Sandia National Laboratories CA USA

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