After working with a customer on installing Turck MMCache tonight, I decided to try it out for myself. It’s a piece of software that plugs into the PHP engine in the webserver that caches the compiled php code so that it doesn’t have to be compiled every time a script is called, which is the default behavior. This reduces overall system load and makes the scripts run in a more timely fashion. My webserver is by no means fast, so I figure it can’t hurt. I tried navigating around the site a bit, and when surfing on my Windows machine, it does seem really zippy, especially in the photo gallery, which has seemed a bit snail-like since I upgraded to gallery2. My linux boxes still seem about the same, but I think that’s because I use Galeon more than anything else. I’ve never once thought that its rendering engine was fast, even on a fast computer.

I’d be interested in hearing if anyone else notices a difference.

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