>Speeding Up Mepis

9:53 AM

>These are just a few tweaks I give to a clean install of Mepis to make it run/start up a bit faster. They should also work on any Debian based distro using KDE.

  • Navigate to /etc/inittab and open the file as root. Now comment out the following lines so they look like this:

#3:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty3
#4:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty4
#5:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty5
#6:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty6

  • Open up Kmenu and go to settings (system configuration) > sound & multimedia > system notifications. Click on the icons next to KDE is exiting and KDE is starting up so that they disappear, and click ok.

  • In settings (system configuration), go to internet & network > web browser > plugins. Uncheck scan for new plugins at KDE startup. If you use Konqueror for web browsing though remember to manually scan for any new plugins you install after doing this or else they won't work.

  • In settings (system configuration), go to KDE components > service manager. Do you use Keep (backup software)? If not, uncheck it. Do you use wall or write on your network (if you don't know what these are you probably don't)? If not, uncheck that as well, and click ok.

  • If you want to lighten up resource usage even more, play around with your styles/window decorations/icons (all these are located under settings (system configuration) > appearance and themes). Admittedly, Mepis doesn't use the most resource efficient default theming around (nor does any other distro I've tried that uses KDE). You can also install more theming stuff via kde-look.org or Synaptic.

If you would like to find out even more tips on how to speed up KDE, you can look here for a whole list of them.

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