Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/176978/ubuntu-doesnt-trim-ssds-by-default-why-not-and-how-to-enable-it-yourself/
Ubuntu wants to enable TRIM for SSDs by default in Ubuntu 14.04. In other words, Ubuntu isn’t already using TRIM, so your SSD is slowing down over time. But why isn’t Ubuntu already using TRIM?
I feel sorry for the poor Eee that made the cover.
Nice one, but I knew this already (when I don't use an SSD or Ubuntu at all).
Unfortunately this yet another example of why linux is not ready for everyday use by average users. I stress average because us geeks know what TRIM is and what do. But Grandma? She doesn't even know what an SSD or HDD is let alone that she needs to drop into a command line to keep it working optimally!
Windows and OS X are better because they handle these kinds of things automatically in the background without the user having edit obscure little text files each with their own format and rules (I remember having some issues with my linux install years ago and it boiled to the fact that I used tabs to indent the file instead of 4 spaces -.-).
This HTG article is the most useful I have seen in ages. Thanks Chris!
@TheBleedingN00b, yes average users should not have to do this, but this is not a fault with linux, this is just a shortcoming in this distro. It is just a simple cleanup file like so many others that the distro already includes. All this means is that this distro will not take full advantage of an SSD drive, but as the article says, this issue is going to be resolved soon.
I think the reason most linux distros are like this is because most linux users (myself included) still like to maintain a large degree of control over their computer. I myself am a bit of a fanatic about this, so I use Slackware.
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