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Old 02-16-2006, 01:46 AM   #1
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Question Fastest Linux/BSD distro on a laptop?


In terms of performance, what's the fastest Linux/BSD distro out there for laptops based on your personal experiences?

(Background info: I've got an IBM Thinkpad R30 running @ 900 MHz w/ 256 MB RAM and need some suggestions)

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Old 02-16-2006, 06:02 AM   #2
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I have no idea if this will even work on a laptop, but the fast distro I have used in the past 9 years is Crux. It is even faster than my stage one Gentoo install..but...it's not very polished, in my opinion, and so I don't use it on the desktop anymore. It's a trade-off: ease of installation generally equals slower speed, but that's not a hard and fast rule, and you have to take my comments with a grain of salt - I am a speed freak and use Gentoo, so I am willing to take a couple of days to install my system and get it "perfect"... Speed is also relative to the user: what I think is slow, you may not.
 
Old 02-18-2006, 03:55 PM   #3
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install linux with gui and you will be fast.
 
Old 02-18-2006, 04:05 PM   #4
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install linux with gui and you will be fast.
Interesting post, but it doesn't really say anything, and you can install all GNU/Linux distributions with any desktop or window manager. Some distros are faster than others - I think the original poster was asking which one would be appropriate for a laptop...
 
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I'm now using Arch for laptops - it's a 686 build, and small, and has a good package manager.
*Very* small. The base system has no X, no nuthin'.

Easy enough to get what you want, but you have to know what you want/need.
 
Old 02-18-2006, 04:58 PM   #6
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I don't know about you but I have an IBM thinkpad 800 Mhz with 256 MB of ram and Debian works great on it. I also tried Ubuntu and SuSe, ubuntu was ok, but seems kinda buggy compared to debian, and suse was overly bloated and way to slow. I have not tried Fedora Core 4, but I have heard good things about it too. Hope this helps.

Jeff
 
  


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