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Supercharge Your Notebook With a Union Filesystem (and optional flashcard).

Mark Lord (mlord@pobox.com)

This session guides participants through the steps needed to supercharge their notebooks by installing a RAM-based union filesystem overlay between most operations and the underlying storage. This is a great option for speeding up notebook operations, while at the same time improving security and providing a "revert to power-on" undo capability for software experimentation.

Ideal for "road warriors" (eg. Linux Symposium participants). The process is reversible, and the scripts are provided and explained in detail. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. We also look at cheap flashcard SSD (Solid-State Disk) options and how to extend lifespan and performance of low-end flashcards with a union filesystem.

Guided assistance is offered for those who wish to perform an on-the-spot conversion of their notebook to full SSD operation. This is an inexpensive way to rejuvenate older notebooks, as well providing added security and a speed boost even for newer machines.



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