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Q & A: Defragmenting a Linux System

I recently bought a netbook with Ubuntu as its operating system and would like to know if there is any simple way to defragment the drive. The help manual for the system only talks about a complete start-over with reinstalling the OS, rather than defragmenting it.

A. Ubuntu Linux uses a different file system — or method of storing and organizing data — than other operating systems do. Most Ubuntu systems use the ext3 file system, which does not need regular defragmentation like a Windows system does...
 
Article Source The New York Times
October 27, 2009 10:36 a.m.
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