Ubuntu Speed Tweak - /etc/hosts
For those of you using Ubuntu, though likely not applicable ONLY those using Ubuntu, this little tweak gives your application load time a HUGE boost--that is, it makes application load times noticeably shorter.
<disclaimer>I have no idea why this works</disclaimer>
Edit your “/etc/hosts” file:
$ sudo gedit /etc/hosts
You should see something like this:
(and if your in Feisty, some lines about IPV6
Now, add the following:
127.0.0.1 localhost martin-laptop
(Replace “martin-laptop” with your hostname)
Save. Should work instantly, or sometimes on reboot.
Read at Martin Albisetti's blog (via the Ubuntu Planet RSS feed).
To be perfectly honest, I didn't even notice I was taking a performance hit because the sorts of load times I got before this tweak were comparable to load times I've been used to expecting on Windows for a long time.