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i have a old laptop, compaq notebook 100 475mhz 64mb
im a normal person who's work has absolutely nothing to do with computers. i just use my computer at home as any other normal person does.
like many people i also spend LOTS of time at the computer, this means that i have have learned a lot about microsoft windows, i mean about tweaking and settings, etc. for example in this laptop i use a special version of microsoft windows millenium edition that uses the microsoft windows 95 explorer.exe and has no internet explorer, it's a lot faster!
but i really wanted to use a free operating system, linux. i really want to use...
but the truth is that it runs S-L-O-W. im posting this message in this forum because im a linux newbie, i know almost nothing and i have no friends to help me. being a newbie means that maybe i missed the simplest thing to speed it up or something.
i use the last version of slackware with the last version of fluxbox... i don't know what else i need to tell you... i didn't install kde or gnome.
why i say that slackware is slower? because i use mozilla firefox in both operating systems, and if i open the same websites (normal sites, web messenger, etc) everything runs faster (and i can even open other applications) in microsoft windows.
ohhhh, why? i really wanted to use linux
tell me if you want to know anything else to help me with my problem
the command top will show you which programs are running, and how much memory they're using. i think you press > once to sort by %mem. there may be services running that you don't need (sshd comes to mind, for instance).
ugh, next time use the code tags when you post that stuff, so the formatting is easier to read, lol! my poor eyes!
anyway, it looks like X is using 30.9% of your memory, which definitely sounds unreasonable. i'm not at home, but i guarantee X isn't that much of a hog on either of my slackware machines. do you get any error messages when you start X?
Firefox is supremely slow on Linux. That's just it. Maybe it's because it uses GTK+2 (slow) or that whole XUL thing. I don't know. All I know is that it's way slower on Linux (on my box on several distros in several Window Managers / Desktop Environments). Mozilla seems to be a little faster but not much. Epiphany and that other one I can't remember the name of in Gnome are faster. Konqueror in KDE is waaaay faster.
Same thing with Azureus. Check out the population slowness of the files tab (when you have a torrent with a lot of files in it).
it gets REALLY slow when i try to change from one window to another, for example when i have two mozilla firefox windows in two virtual desktops and change from one desktop to another. this is not a problem... i could use only one desktop window, i do that now. but even like that if i open two mozilla firefox windows in the same desktop and try to change frome one to another, it gets slow, even if i try to change tabs inside one single mozilla firefox window!
could it be because of the resolution, i mean, my old laptop in microsoft windows only allows me to have 800x600 but i think that in fluxbox im using 1024x768! i asked a friend how to change it, he told me to edit the xorg file in /etc/X11, i did, removed "1024x768" in the lines but the resolution looks the same.