I'm using umsdos file system and sharing the win3.1 permanent
swap file with linux. Will there be significn't improvement in
performance for a 486DX50 4MB ram 20MB swap system if I make a swap
partition for linux.(by improvement I mean, say cutting down kernel
compile time from 9Hrs for a barebones kernel to say 3 Hrs)
Swapfiles are slow, UMSDOS is slow, swapfiles with UMSDOS is asking
for a lot of coffee breaks.
And with only 4MB the system will swap like hell when compiling the
kernel. If you can afford it, you should look for 4MB more RAM (maybe
you can get some used one from people who upgrade to 8MB-SIMMS or
EDO-RAM) and/or for a new disk (small disks are so cheap nowadays).
You will see a huge increase in speed.
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