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Old 11-22-2008, 07:52 PM   #1
P@trick99
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Ubuntu alternative? Which Linux distro would you pick? What is your opinion ?


Hi there

In my previous post ( Ubuntu is little bit slow and laggy.) So I have tried (live CD's) Sabayon, Knoppix, Mint Linux, OpenSuse

Knoppix , Mint Linux, Sabayon they seems to be faster than my Ubuntu
Maybe it's because they are 32bit and my Ubuntu is 64bit and for some reason is slow and laggy.

I am going to try Fedora, Mandriva, .....

Ubuntu alternative? Which Linux distro would you pick? What is your opinion ?




My laptop spec

Dell Vostro 1700
Intel Core 2 duo 2.2 GHz (T7500)
2x 160 Gb Hard Drive
Nvidia 8600 GT
Ram 3 GB
 
Old 11-22-2008, 08:00 PM   #2
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I think that you would be better off to try to correct the performance problems in your Ubuntu system than to go hit or miss looking for a distribution which has default settings that bypass whatever is peculiar about your system that makes it run slow.

What symptoms do you have of poor performance?

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Old 11-22-2008, 08:02 PM   #3
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Your laptop is fast enough, it should handle the ubuntu 64 bit version.

For me, arch linux and slackware are my personal favorites and for the BSDs, freebsd and openbsd.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 08:02 PM   #4
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Depends what you want to do.

For desktop use I like OpenSuSe. If you want something a bit different, I have a copy of PCBSD on a laptop and it's very good.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 08:04 PM   #5
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Did you install Ubuntu or are you using a LiveCD as you are with the other distros? You'd have much better performance if you installed it to a hard disk (remember to back up ALL important documents beforehand though).
 
Old 11-22-2008, 08:31 PM   #6
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If you found Ubuntu to be slow and laggy, Linux Mint will probably be the same way as it is an Ubuntu based distro.

I tried Sabayon, and it is a fairly quick Gentoo based distro. I've tried OpenSUSE on multiple computers and it has never once worked for me, so I steer clear of it.

Have you tried Ubuntu 32 bit to see if it works faster? Even though you have a 64 bit processor, you don't really need the 64 bit edition since you only have 3 GB RAM.

Pretty much every distro I have tried takes a while to boot, but once you're in, it runs fine. Ubuntu 64 bit on a 2.4 GHz C2D iMac w/4GB RAM and on my new Vaio 2.0 GHz C2D w/ 2GB RAM ran fine for me. I still think there is something not configured right with your install, it should not be slow and laggy.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 08:36 PM   #7
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If you found Ubuntu to be slow and laggy, Linux Mint will probably be the same way as it is an Ubuntu based distro.

I tried Sabayon, and it is a fairly quick Gentoo based distro. I've tried OpenSUSE on multiple computers and it has never once worked for me, so I steer clear of it.

Have you tried Ubuntu 32 bit to see if it works faster? Even though you have a 64 bit processor, you don't really need the 64 bit edition since you only have 3 GB RAM.

Pretty much every distro I have tried takes a while to boot, but once you're in, it runs fine. Ubuntu 64 bit on a 2.4 GHz C2D iMac w/4GB RAM and on my new Vaio 2.0 GHz C2D w/ 2GB RAM ran fine for me. I still think there is something not configured right with your install, it should not be slow and laggy.
Try doing a reinstall and use the 32-bit version. My 32-bit version runs very fast.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 09:05 PM   #8
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IMHO, Linux Mint is worse. Its amazing how much memory that python menu can take up. It looks nice, but it kills, too bad it wasn't written in C or C++.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 09:57 PM   #9
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No idea why your Ubuntu would be laggy, but it's not a 32/64-bit issue.

You can try Debian instead. That way you get access to the 20k+ of software via 'apt-get' but you don't get all the strangeness of X/K/Ubuntu.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 10:08 PM   #10
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Ubuntu alternative? Which Linux distro would you pick? What is your opinion ?
I picked Ubuntu, Nimblex, and Puppy Dingo, to run on my older specification hardware. My gear doesn't even come close to the OP's specs on his laptop.

I run Puppy Dingo and NimbleX 2008 on a Amrel RT 686 EX, 900mhz, 256mb ram, 20gig hd. It Runs wireless through Dlink WNA 1330 Wireless G PCMCIA cardbus. Flash Video works, and it surfs reasonably fast on internet.

IBM M41 Desktop, !.8ghz Pentium M, 1 gig ram, 40 gig hardrive, runs Hardy 8.04 faster than When I had Windows on Same machine.

I also ran Simply Mepis KDE 2007 on same Desktop with fine results. I liked Mepis and Still do. Probably reinstall new Version when the bucks come up for a New Hardrive.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 10:55 PM   #11
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If you like Gnome, Mandriva and Parsix are nice. They handle wireless well.

If you want speed and performance, Puppy or a derivative are hard to beat. Puppy also excels at wireless.

Muppy Live is nice with all the bells and whistles including nvidia support outofthebox.

All live cds so are easy to test. You never know which has the better support for your particular hardware.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 11:01 PM   #12
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Before throwing out a which distro to use, it would best help us to know what are your goals or needs for linux. Will it be a workstation, server, Will it be a developer machine, or the casual internet, email, office work setup. This will better help us in giving you choices. Or you can go here and see which one best fits
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/in...lect_lang=true
 
Old 11-23-2008, 04:43 AM   #13
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Hi htere

Thanks to all for your replies.

My Ubuntu 64bit is installed on my second HD and I do have Compiz (I like it)
What I mean is slow and luggy, well closing window, minimize, open and whole system is little bit slow and luggy. I think because it is 64 bit and there isn't flash player for 64 bit systems ( I did something, find a solution on google search) Now I think ( the somethig-viewer ) takes a bitt of CPU resources.

When I run Sabayon, Knoppix (live CD 32bit) with compiz is faster than my Ubuntu.

I am using my laptop just for general use, internet, video, pictures, voip, webdesign, word, spreadsheet.

I like Ubuntu because it has a good package manager (20000 packages)very good hardware support, everything works.

Now should I try Ubuntu 32 bit? Should be 64bit faster than 32bit ???
64bit vs 32bit??? I don't mind to format HD & start again, I will learn something
.

Which distro should I try? What is your opinion?
Thanks

Dell Vostro 1700
Intel Core 2 duo 2.2 GHz (T7500)
2x 160 Gb Hard Drive
Nvidia 8600 GT
Ram 3 GB

Last edited by P@trick99; 11-23-2008 at 05:29 AM.
 
Old 11-23-2008, 12:23 PM   #14
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Now should I try Ubuntu 32 bit? Should be 64bit faster than 32bit ???
64bit vs 32bit???
The only way to know is to try the 32 bit version of ubuntu. Be sure to backup any files you don't want to lose.

About the 32bit vs 64 bit, only a computer programmer or computer scientist can answer that question in detail.

The only thing I know about 64bit is that it can handle 4 GBs ram and maybe more. It can make applications run faster than 32 bit versions if the application is coded for 64bit optimization.

I have a 64 bit system, but I use a 32 bit OS.

Here is a wikipedia about 64bit processors.

- Cheers

Last edited by dv502; 11-23-2008 at 12:47 PM.
 
Old 11-23-2008, 12:31 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by P@trick99 View Post
Hi htere

Thanks to all for your replies.

My Ubuntu 64bit is installed on my second HD and I do have Compiz (I like it)
What I mean is slow and luggy, well closing window, minimize, open and whole system is little bit slow and luggy. I think because it is 64 bit and there isn't flash player for 64 bit systems ( I did something, find a solution on google search) Now I think ( the somethig-viewer ) takes a bitt of CPU resources.

When I run Sabayon, Knoppix (live CD 32bit) with compiz is faster than my Ubuntu.

I am using my laptop just for general use, internet, video, pictures, voip, webdesign, word, spreadsheet.

I like Ubuntu because it has a good package manager (20000 packages)very good hardware support, everything works.

Now should I try Ubuntu 32 bit? Should be 64bit faster than 32bit ???
64bit vs 32bit??? I don't mind to format HD & start again, I will learn something
.

Which distro should I try? What is your opinion?
Thanks

Dell Vostro 1700
Intel Core 2 duo 2.2 GHz (T7500)
2x 160 Gb Hard Drive
Nvidia 8600 GT
Ram 3 GB

I would look at Ubuntu Studio. Great distro for web, audio and video editing. http://ubuntustudio.org/ I am a big debian fan which I run on all my servers at the house and my laptop.
 
  


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