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Old 10-05-2003, 09:38 PM   #1
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Unhappy light linux software


SysInfo: Linux 2.4.18-3 | AMD-K6(tm) 3D processor @ 301MHz | BogoMIPS: 599.65 | Mem: 61MB/127MB | Diskspace: 3GB/4GB | Screen Res: 1024x768 | Procs: 68 | eth0: In: 88.1MB Out: 16.7MB | Uptime: 20 hours 07 minutes | Users: 5 | Load: 1.03, 1.07, 1.47

/sbin# ./hdparm -t /dev/hda2

/dev/hda2:
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 6.79 seconds = 9.43 MB/sec

/sbin# ./hdparm /dev/hda

/dev/hda:
multcount = 16 (on)
I/O support = 1 (32-bit)
unmaskirq = 1 (on)
using_dma = 1 (on)
keepsettings = 0 (off)
nowerr = 0 (off)
readonly = 0 (off)
readahead = 8 (on)
geometry = 4190/32/63, sectors = 8448300, start = 0
busstate = 1 (on)

what software should i use to make my box run faster? email, browser, chat, music, editor, .... kde/gnome or blackbox? ....
give me pls some advice to make my box run faster :>
 
Old 10-05-2003, 10:13 PM   #2
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Judging by your kernel I'd guess you are running RH 7.3

Open/black/fluxbox or Icewm
Don't install KDE
Install gnome but don't use it
Abiword - 2.0 is sweet, but you'll need GTK 2.0
Gnumeric
Gaim
Gimp
Epiphany Browser (nedds Mozilla, but dont use it)
Pan/gnpan

Basically GTK/GTK2 apps in a lightweight window manager

If possible...

more ram
get an AMD K6-3 550 and over clock to 600mhz+ if poss
Faster harddrive

With above changes in hardware, get redhat 8.0 or 9.0, then same as above.

all opinion and therefore as worthless as.... a wet fart on a hot day.

Thank-you and good night

 
Old 10-05-2003, 11:35 PM   #3
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yes my OS is RH7.3, the problem is that i have KDE duno what version and GNOMW and blackbox.
I use blackbox in the last few months ... thats why i also ask about light software

10q
 
Old 10-05-2003, 11:58 PM   #4
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if you've been using blackbox, stick with that. fluxbox is also really nice.

for email and browsing, try the mozilla thunderbird and firebird apps. they really rock (esp. firebird) and should be no problem since you already have the gnome/gtk libraries.

i tried the "dillo" browser, but it just doesn't to have enough features at this point to recommend. i'm going to be trying something called Qweb (lost the link, sorry) that looks promising, i'm installing the qt libraries now to run it. if you have KDE it should work.

ROX filer is great -- a highly recommended lightweight file manager. use a/e/xterm instead of gnome or kde consoles. vim and nano are two good terminal editors. for a graphical editor, you could use gedit.

for music, xmms is the best imo, though a bit resource hungry. if you don't mind using console for that, you can also use mpg321. i wish i knew of a gnome/gtk audio player, but i don't even know if there is one. (anyone?)
 
Old 10-06-2003, 06:24 PM   #5
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Try Lyx for word processing. It takes some adjusting to (it is a different "paradigm" of word processor from WYSIWYG ones) but is really responsive.

I echo the Rox Filer recommendation. Avoid Nautilus like herpes.
 
Old 10-06-2003, 06:39 PM   #6
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Ya know...

You really haven't stated what it is that you want to do - software wise.
That might help us be a little more specific
 
Old 10-06-2003, 07:13 PM   #7
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"i wish i knew of a gnome/gtk audio player, but i don't even know if there is one. (anyone?)"

zinf?
 
Old 10-06-2003, 08:03 PM   #8
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rhythmbox - GTK 2.0
gstreamer
xmms
audacity - GTK 1.2 - great for editingt .wav files and converting to mp3 or ogg

ripit ( from the command line) uses lame and cdparanoia III to rip cd's to mp3 or ogg

grip - gnome cd riping utility

gnome wave cleaner - cleans wav files made from vinyl or tape

gtoaster

lots of stuff out there
 
Old 10-06-2003, 08:18 PM   #9
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oh yeah, gstreamer - forgot about that. rhythmbox looks pretty cool, too.
 
Old 10-06-2003, 10:11 PM   #10
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I agree about *box or IceWM, but if you find them too light, try XFce which is not a window manager but a desktop environment like KDE or GNOME, but much lighter.

Sylpheed comes recommended as a lightweight email client, or Sylpheed Claws if you need something a little more powerful.

nedit is decent editor, so is ScITE. Consider using a text based one like nano, joe, jed, ee or vim.

multi-aterm is a modified version of aterm with tabbed windows.

GQView and feh are image viewers.

irssi and BitchX are full featured IRC clients for the console. If you're a GUI junkie, XChat is popular, but there are many others.. I'm currently trying some myself.

Xine, VideoLAN and mplayer are the big names in movie playback.

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