Vinod Kurup

Hospitalist/programmer in search of the meaning of life

Speed Up Firefox on Eeepc

I’m too weak to lug around my monstrous 7 pound laptop, so I bought a netbook. It’s an eeepc 1000 and I love it. I use it for everything, except for processing the kids’ videos and photos. I still use the desktop for that.

The major issue that I’ve had with it is that firefox seemed so slow. I tried other browsers, some which seemed faster, but I missed my firefox extensions. I googled and found that others had the same issue. There are 2 flash hard drives in the eeepc. The first is 8GB and contains the root filesystem. The second is 32GB and contains the /home partition. Apparently the 8GB drive is significantly faster than the 32GB one. So the OS performs excellently since it’s on the 8GB drive, anything that requires a lot of disk access from the 32GB drive slows down. Firefox’s .mozilla configuration folder is mounted there by default.

Moving the .mozilla folder to the 8GB drive has made web browsing speedy again. Here’s how I did it. I’m the only user on my system, so if you have multiple users, this will only fix the issue for one user.

sudo mkdir /usr/local/share/vinod-mozilla
sudo chown vinod /usr/local/share/vinod-mozilla
mv /home/vinod/.mozilla /usr/local/share/vinod-mozilla/
ln -s /usr/local/share/vinod-mozilla/.mozilla /home/vinod/.mozilla