Unix load is a tricky thing to pin down. It's both a measure of your
processor power, and of your RAM and how fast the two can talk to each
other. Also, depending on how things were compiled, the load either
can mean 1 for all processors being utilized, or have a load of 1
added on for each processor on the system (so a quad core would have
either a max load of 1 or 4)
My guess is that your load is just higher than one because your RAM
isn't feeding your CPU fast enough.
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