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Originally posted by valdivrk I have a PII 400mhz with 64mb of ram. I just installed Redhat 9 and I tried using both KDE and GNOME but they are both too slow. I was woundering if installed XFCE would that fix my problem.
most likely yes. also, any light window manager would be even faster. is it just regular slow or i-can't-do-anything-whatsoever slow?
Its not so slow that its unusable, it takes a while for things to load. If you move a window over icons on the desktop they disappear for a second then come back. The one thing thats so slow to start up that you have to click on it and go do something else for awhile is the add/remove packages. I really hate that thing compared to gnorpm or kpackage. I would change distros but I already bought Redhat 9 and I'm still pretty new to this whole linux thing so I needed something newbie friendly. I just want to keep Redhat 9 for awhile but I want it to be faster than Gnome (thats what I'm using now).
Originally posted by valdivrk Its not so slow that its unusable, it takes a while for things to load. If you move a window over icons on the desktop they disappear for a second then come back. The one thing thats so slow to start up that you have to click on it and go do something else for awhile is the add/remove packages. I really hate that thing compared to gnorpm or kpackage. I would change distros but I already bought Redhat 9 and I'm still pretty new to this whole linux thing so I needed something newbie friendly. I just want to keep Redhat 9 for awhile but I want it to be faster than Gnome (thats what I'm using now).
if it's not virtually unusable, that rules out problems like enabling dma and such.
so yes, change guis. if you're comfortable with it, i would highly recommend not using a desktop environment. even on my fast machines i use a window manager instead of a desktop environment because i like it better.
now this is where the thread turns into "this is the best wm"....
...but i would highly recommend fluxbox, blackbox, enlightenment, or icewm. take a look for yourself though.
Originally posted by valdivrk Sorry for this questions as it has probably been answered many times but can you please give me a brief description of the differences between a window manager and a desktop enviornment
This is just a suggestion and I respect your choice of distro. I just want to share this with you because my first experience with Linux using RH9 is the same with you even this PII 450MHz of mine is already installed with 128MB of RAM.
The outstanding reviews and impressions I've read in LQ and a very encouraging one in www.osnews.com (but the link is now inactive but if you want, I can email to you the entire review), has really made me tried this distro. And the result, they are right and I agreed with them - Slackware is really fast.
Besides, this distro's administration style is very simple. This is so far the only Linux distro I'm using now together with OpenBSD for my network security needs.
I'll probably just buy more ram, use Redhat for a few more weeks then since i keep hearing good things about Slackware ill end up buying some cheap iso's online (stuck with 56k for right now). I would like to thank everyone for helping me out with this little problem and for the quick replys.