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Old 05-31-2009, 01:39 AM   #1
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KDE is too slow, whats the next best?


I got a laptop today, and running Mandriva 2009 with KDE 4, it is just a little too slow. I'm thinking about trying Xubuntu, will I get any increase in speed? Its a dual core amd at 2.0 with 1 gig of ram.

I don't care much what it looks like. Whats a good distro to run on this thing to get it to move?
 
Old 05-31-2009, 01:41 AM   #2
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Try turning off the effects. KDE4 should run just fine with those specs.
 
Old 05-31-2009, 04:13 AM   #3
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You can simply install a different desktop manager--eg XFCE.
 
Old 05-31-2009, 02:01 PM   #4
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Xubuntu is a good idea. It's way more responsive.
 
Old 06-01-2009, 05:12 PM   #5
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A laptop with such specs should run KDE or anything just fine. You may have another problem. The first two things I can think of are a /etc/hosts file that is not well configured or a problem with Xorg. Are you sure KDE is the real problem?
 
Old 06-01-2009, 05:18 PM   #6
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KDE is usually a bit more resource hungry. Even Gnome should have a slight speed advantage, though the GUI experience is not as polished. For even more minimalistic desktop managers try fluxbox, WindowMaker or XFCE.

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Old 06-01-2009, 05:51 PM   #7
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I'm with synss on this one; I don't believe the machine is underspeced
for KDE, but would guess there's an underlying (silly) problem, e.g.
name lookups, dma disabled, something like that.



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Old 06-01-2009, 06:01 PM   #8
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KDE is usually a bit more resource hungry. Even Gnome should have a slight speed advantage, though the GUI experience is not as polished. For even more minimalistic desktop managers try fluxbox, WindowMaker or XFCE.
I'm running Ubuntu (Gnome desktop) on a slower laptop than yours (though with double the RAM) and it runs very fast.

As others have said, perhaps you have something wrong. You can switch desktop environments easily enough without losing KDE, and you can switch between them by logging out, choosing one, then logging back in. I don't remember where I found the instructions to do that but it would let you try Gnome, Xfce, and others. I decided that I liked the Gnome desktop the best, but there's nothing wrong with KDE.

Be sure to turn off special windowing effects and see how your current desktop works. I don't mess with those unnecessary things.

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Old 06-01-2009, 07:37 PM   #9
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I'm running Ubuntu (Gnome desktop) on a slower laptop than yours (though with double the RAM) and it runs very fast.

As others have said, perhaps you have something wrong. You can switch desktop environments easily enough without losing KDE, and you can switch between them by logging out, choosing one, then logging back in. I don't remember where I found the instructions to do that but it would let you try Gnome, Xfce, and others. I decided that I liked the Gnome desktop the best, but there's nothing wrong with KDE.

Be sure to turn off special windowing effects and see how your current desktop works. I don't mess with those unnecessary things.

Donald
Yes, with all effects turned off, KDE is a little slower than I think it should be. I do not have gnome installed, but I have xfce running on it and it is quite a bit quicker.

KDE was not terribly slow, I just do not need all of the bells and whistles, I want as much speed as possible. I don't plan to do anything other than getting online with it, so who cares what window manager you are running.

I suppose what I was thinking is that maybe ubuntu is inherently quicker than mandriva, and maybe since my laptop is a little underpowered I'd do well to change. I've only ever used ubuntu on my desktop (which I chose to run mandriva on because I like it better), and both systems were so fast that there was little difference.
 
Old 06-01-2009, 07:57 PM   #10
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There's no need to change distro to use another desktop in any case... That's a bit nonsensical. You can use XFCE, fluxbox or whatever you want in mandriva.

The default configuration of services in mandriva will not be the lightest you can find, but it won't be any lighter in *buntu either. The only difference between all the buntus is the default desktop as far as I know.
 
Old 06-02-2009, 06:25 AM   #11
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I suppose what I was thinking is that maybe ubuntu is inherently quicker than mandriva, and maybe since my laptop is a little underpowered I'd do well to change. I've only ever used ubuntu on my desktop (which I chose to run mandriva on because I like it better), and both systems were so fast that there was little difference.
Ubuntu is bloated by many people's standards, though I like it. Debian is lightweight compared to Ubuntu as far as bloat is concerned. You can add to it, of course, as you wish. (Ubuntu is Debian based.)

I agree that it's not necessary to switch distros, but you can take many of them for a test drive with a live CD. It won't give you an idea of how fast they work, since running from a CDROM drive is very slow, much, much slower than the distro will run on a hard drive. (Don't judge any distro from it's speed running from a CD.)

You can also try out Gnome and others with your current distro, then switch to whichever you like best. If you like Xfce, then stick with that one. It comes down to what works best for your needs. I like the fuller features of Gnome of KDE, but you can still do the same things (at least most of them) with a lightweight window manager or desktop.

That was a surprise for me last year when I learned I can install all sorts of window managers and desktops and see which I like best, even switch between them. I might do it again this year just to see what improvements the others have made.

Donald
 
Old 06-02-2009, 06:37 AM   #12
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There's no need to change distro to use another desktop in any case... That's a bit nonsensical. You can use XFCE, fluxbox or whatever you want in mandriva.

The default configuration of services in mandriva will not be the lightest you can find, but it won't be any lighter in *buntu either. The only difference between all the buntus is the default desktop as far as I know.
I agree with i92guboj. There is no need too change the distro. Change the DE. I would go for XFCE too, or you may give LXDE a try.
 
  


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