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Old 06-17-2007, 01:55 AM   #1
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a question of speed


Hi all.

I'm about to reformat my older PC. I will install linux. I'm torn between two distros, and what I want to know is, which one will perform faster? I just want my programs to load quickly, and to be able to run some RAM-intensive apps like photoshop with good speed.

The two distros I'm considering are Kubuntu and Mepis. Does anyone sorta know if one will run abit faster than the other? I don't care about boot speed really, just the speed while I'm working. Keep in mind, I odn't mean ancient computer here, it's AMD 2500+ with a gig RAM and radeon graphics.

Thanks for any advice.
 
Old 06-17-2007, 01:59 AM   #2
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Given that most distros of a given period use the same major kernel version (it's actually this that is called Linux), I'd say the application prog used is more important.
YMMV
 
Old 06-17-2007, 02:04 AM   #3
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Also Mepis is based un Ubuntu, isn't it? and Kubuntu pretty much is Ubuntu. ??
 
Old 06-17-2007, 02:24 AM   #4
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with a gig of ram it doesn't really matter, Mepis and Kubuntu are basically the same. why don't you install both and see which one is faster
 
Old 06-17-2007, 02:42 AM   #5
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Choose a distribution that gives you the option Debian does. Debian is by far the best distributions in my arsenal when it comes to a serious hard worker/performer. When I do forensics work on hard drive images, I can end up producing folders with 150.000 .jpg photo files in it. All my distribution choke trying to open a folder like that, except Debian. That's just one example of many I can come up with when ranting about my Debians.
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Choose a distribution that gives you the option Debian does
Debian gives me the option to install a base minimal installation, then I just add the packages I need. When I installed Fedora 7 the other day, I tried to lean it out, then before installing the system it said "resolving dependencies", then turned around and installed 965 packages. When I installed Debian testing on my laptop, the base installation was 145 packages, then to bring it up to a lean mean machine with a desktop, amarok playing my mp3s, icerodents galore, forensics and hacker tools etc., I don't think it comes near 500 packages.
Both my Debians are "KICK ASS" power houses because they don't have all the fat.
 
Old 06-17-2007, 03:02 AM   #6
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That was random ...


Cheers,
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Old 06-17-2007, 04:49 AM   #7
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why don't try this, i hope it can help you.

1. make a ramdisk with 300MB.
2. mount it into a folder.
3. copy content of the program you want to run into ramdisk
4. run the program from the folder (you can use ln -s or other method as long as the program can run from ramdisk)

if it help, please tell us how you do it.
check this : http://www.lissot.net/partition/ramdisk.html
Regards,
Ks
 
Old 06-17-2007, 12:43 PM   #8
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And just as random :}

Taking valuable buffer/cache space away from the OS
in the hopes that a single application which after
the copy to RAM disk would be in the buffers anyway
will be faster the first time round you start it?



Cheers,
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:30 PM   #9
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Allrighty, thanks for all the help guys. Sorry it took me forever to get back at you, i've been incredibly busy. I've decided to stick with mepis, but I will have to get the newest release, I gave my ditro disc to a friend. Cheers.
 
Old 07-14-2007, 02:47 PM   #10
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Also Mepis is based on Ubuntu, isn't it? and Kubuntu pretty much is Ubuntu. ??
Yes, basically--when you've seen one "buntu", you seen them all....

Kubuntu is Ubuntu, but with KDE
Mepis is Ubuntu without the stupid "no-root-user" thing.

And, they're ALL just Debian....
 
Old 07-14-2007, 04:53 PM   #11
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It's been one year since I finally replaced Windows XP on my computer with Kubuntu, and started using Linux full-time.

Five weeks after I started using Kubuntu, I tried Mepis 6.0, and found it to be much more complete and user-friendly. In fact, to me, Mepis felt like what Kubuntu SHOULD have been, or maybe COULD have been, if it hadn't been relegated to second-class citizenship (after Ubuntu) by Canonical.

I've been using Mepis 6.5 ever since it came out. I know that Kubuntu has been upgraded once or twice in the past year, too, but once I tried Mepis, I never wanted to go back to Kubuntu again.

(BTW, I never noticed any speed difference between Kubuntu and Mepis. My PC is an Athlon XP running at 1731 MHz with 1 GB RAM.)

Last edited by ComputerBob; 07-14-2007 at 04:59 PM.
 
Old 07-14-2007, 08:26 PM   #12
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Just install Slackware.
 
Old 07-15-2007, 04:32 AM   #13
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I second the Slackware vote -- it has been the most responsive and fastest-feeling distro I've used to date. It's very lean and mean. Ubuntu and Mepis both seemed more sluggish to me.

DISCLAIMER: It's been a while since I used Ubuntu (6.06 LTS) and even longer since I used Mepis (like 2004) They're probably a lot faster than I remember them. My personal preference, however, is Slackware
 
  


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