Just wanted to say how impressed I am with performance of current distribution pkg for RPI4, Mate 21.12.
Wholeheartedly agree. Over the last year, my main computer has been an RPI4 8GB, using Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS, Raspi OS Lite with MATE desktop, and now Manjaro MATE. Manjaro is certainly a more polished distro and seems more responsive than the other distros in most cases.
I have added two tweaks to fstab to reduce unnecessary (in my opinion) disk writes, which could be helpful in particular if an SD is the system disk. They are:
- Adding noatime to prevent accessed files being updated with the time of access
PARTUUID=XXXXXXXX-02 / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1
- Writing files in .cache to RAM, instead of to the disk. Chromium, in particular, makes significance use of .cache
tmpfs /home/XXX/.cache tmpfs noatime,nodev,nosuid,size=600M 0 0
I have found one issue, using very large spreadsheets with libreOffice-calc. It takes one or two seconds to move the cursor from one cell to the next, making it quite unusable.
The solution was to run libreoffice-calc as follows:
I found this on an Ubuntu forum.
In this way the performance is excellent, though the user interface looks like Windows c.1995. I suppose it sounds better if I call it “retro”.
I would love any suggestions on how to improve the “look” without reducing performance.