vBulletin Big Board Linux Server Optimization Part 1

Hello, I’m just going to explain my experience with a vBulletin Big Board and how to get the most out of your hardware by simple tweaks and changes to the software that your site runs. I will break this article down into sections. What is a big board?

Hello,

I’m just going to explain my experience with a vBulletin Big Board and how to get the most out of your hardware by simple tweaks and changes to the software that your site runs. I will break this article down into sections.

What is a big board?

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After doing some reasearch I stumbled upon the following patch.

http://groups.google.com/group/linux.debian.bugs.dist/browse_thread/thread/3de22bc415d3da02?pli=1

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