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I've been assuming this is just the way linux is generally, but I thought I should check. When I move a window in GNOME the cpu usage shoots up to 100%. Also when I have quite a few programs running my mouse is 'jumpy' and when I move windows around they leave a trail behind. In fact generally I would say linux is a lot more sluggish than windows xp.
Is this all normal behaviour? Is linux multithreading basically not as advanced as windows? or is it something to do with my setup?
Hmmm ... depends on what CPU you have, I suppose,
and, if the programs require hdd read/writes, whether
DMA is enabled or not... generally speaking Linux'
beats Windows at mutlitasking/multithreading with the
hands tied to the back ;)
OK, I have an Athlon 1.3 and like I say I dont have any problem with windows xp. Also DMA is enabled for all drives.
Is there anything I should look out for/commands I should run if linux is behaving more sluggishly than it should? Anyone know any good tutorials or have any tips on how to diagnose the cause of this slowness?
Hmmm ... what graphics card/chipset are you using?
And did you try a different WM/DE? I'm using Flux
on a P4 1.8 with a radeon mobility here, and when I drag
a reasonably big window around I can't get more than
20% CPU usage out of mine ... I don't have Gnome installed
so can't test how that behaves.