I'm new to Moodle and am evaluating it for a project that I expect to have most traffic on public content pages.
Out of the box with an empty database, (Ubuntu Hardy, Apache 2, PHP 5, with xCache on a dual 3GHz CPU box with 4MB RAM), Moodle 2.0+ is loading pages no faster than 0.77 seconds for a non-registered user, and 1.77 seconds for admin. Not good! Does it sound like I am doing something wrong here? I can't imagine anyone using this software with such stats.
I would have hoped to see infrequently changing public content pages load in under 0.2 seconds. I imagine there's a caching solution (which I would like to hear about) but may or may not address performance for registered users and frequently changing pages.
(Incidentally I saw a question but no answer to this: has performance for Moodle 2.0 been given a low priority while major features/problems are being fleshed/flushed out?)
On reading around I saw comments that version 1.9 was significantly faster, so I might switch to that while 2.0 is improved.
So is Moodle 2.0+ ultra slow or is it just my set up?