This is a little podcast podcast episode I made for Hacker Public Radio on what to check, read, and update if you want to upgrade your Linux PC with an Solid State Disk.

Basically you need a few upgrades in your PCs BIOS or UEFI,

Some commands I mentioned that you should check out:

Check SSD disk specs:

sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdb

Check for TRIM support:

sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdb | grep -i TRIM

Perform TRIM support

sudo fstrim -v / 

Detailed SSD Info

Update: As a HPR listener pointed out, TRIM: Fragmentation of files isn’t the problem on SSDs, but wear levelling is, i.e. the SSD’s controller needs to know which blocks it can reuse for leveling out the wear on the flash cells. Thanks!


This is a little preview of a clip I did for Hacker Public Radio:

This year’s GUADEC, the Gnome Users and Developers Conference was held in Strasbourg, France. Keynote Speaker was free software activist Matthew Garrett.
He held an inspiring speech on the Linux and Gnome desktop and laid out his vision for both.
Afterwards, I was able to ask him a few questions.