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I was looking into xubuntu on older hardware because I want to run linux on these machines, and want a familiar desktop environment(so the *boxes are out), and read that xfce is meant to be great on old hardware.
I have not found this to be the case....it seems a lot chuggier than XP was on the same machine.
Are there any suggestions for improving performance before I just go back to windows?
To take it a step farther, the only way to make the proper comparison is when both machines have same functionality.
When I boot into XP lately, one of the big annoyances is the antiquated connection management. Compared to---eg---WICD, the stock XP setup is conspicuously bad. With something like this going on, I'll never notice which OS is faster.
You may also want to try LXDE. It is (supposedly) lighter than XFCE, but alas, functionality is greatly reduced. For example, you have to manage your wireless connections via the command line.
EDIT: Just did a little comparison between the two on Ubuntu 10.04 (I have both desktop environments installed on this machine.) While both are faster than Gnome, LXDE did strike me as the fastest of the two. And the layout was fairly intuitive. But again, no GUI for managing wireless connections...
Last edited by eveningsky339; 06-10-2010 at 06:48 AM.