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Six Ways to Speed Up Yum on Fedora

Jan 05, 2009, 19:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Richmond)

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"Apt-get has already done its stuff and gone home for tea but Yum is still setting the table and polishing the silver. Once you’ve used Yum for a while you will know why it puts the V in verbose. Is there anyway to get this package manager off the sofa and into the gym for some serious exercise?

"Bet youre running Fedora on a computer that was being used when the Dinosaurs roamed the Earth, mate?", you say; well, yes and no. My ancient machine with a hobbled 400MHZ Celeron processor ran Fedora Core 5 (just) so you might have a point, but I did not notice any huge improvement in speed when I installed later versions of Fedora on more powerful desktops and laptops with processors in the 2.6MHZ range. I fell for the advertising hype every time. Yum, they said, is faster than ever. Go on, Install Fedora and see it run! I did. I didn't get a rampaging Tiger; I got a beached Whale. Hardware bottleneck? I don't think so. After all, I had been using distros with Apt-get for years on a variety of machine speeds, and it always did what it said on the tin, but Yum seemed to breach the Trades Descriptions Act. Judged on speed alone I have yet to see anything that can match Apt-get. So, what can we do to make Yum a contender instead of riding a one way ticket to Polookaville?"

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