Fedora 18 & 19 – terrible performance on Virtual Box

I’m not sure what the deal is with Fedora 18 & 19 but the performance running under Virtual Box in Windows, regardless of how much memory you throw at the VM, really is unbearably slow. I had 18 installed for a while but haven’t used it for several months. I just fired it up again and it’s unusable. Downloaded 19 and started the install and it took a couple of hours. I might have something else going on on my laptop that slowing down the performance, but as it is it’s unusable.

I was looking for a RHEL derivative other than Oracle Linux since I wasn’t prepared wait to download the massive disk images which are several GB (really?!). I just realized though that CentOS is RHEL compatible. Very cool. Will download and see if it’s more usable under Virtual Box.

Controlling Services on Fedora

Fedora uses the servicectl utility to enable/disable and control services.

To use:

sudo servicectl status servicename
sudo servicectl enable/disable servicename
sudo servicectl start|stop servicename