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Distribution: Debian Testing, Stable, Sid and Manjaro, Mageia 3, LMDE
Originally Posted by szboardstretcher
In my experience, regular Ubuntu is very fast and snappy. Maybe its just this computer though.
Very subjective question, really.
Yes, quite subjective.
9.04 and 9.10 were improvements in speed, particularly booting and shut down. As of 10.04 and up, 8.04 boots as fast or faster and it actually will shut down, something 10.04 and up will not do. 8.04 also is as fast in everyday operations. I still have it and 9.04 on here but the rest are almost gone (one install for pre-release testing).
If I wanted to be as fast as possible I would not put layers between myself and the core of the OS. I would start with a Debian netboot image and build from there.
Either that or check out Lubuntu 11.04. I have the image down loaded, need to add it to my grub and give it a shot. They want it to run on 254 of ram. Should run like a scalded ape on a modern box. Their 10.04 version did.
What is the snappiest (meaning subjectively faster in the user interface, but perhaps a little slower in other areas) of the ubuntu derivatives?
I have been using Lubuntu (with LXDE desktop) since 10.10 came out. For me it runs just as fast and light as Ubuntu did back in the days of Breezy 5.10 and Dapper 6.06. Lubuntu includes many lightweight alternatives to the apps that are included with Ubuntu and Kubuntu. Lubuntu 11.04 is running just as snappy as 10.10 for me so far.
Keep in mind though, if you start installing some of the heavier apps like Rhythmbox or Amarok for example, you will be adding a boatload of K/Ubuntu dependencies that can start to weigh down some of the lighter Ubuntu derivatives.
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, Jessie, Sid/Experimental, playing with LFS.
I can't help but say in my opinion your better off giving Debian a shot. I run various versions from plain Squeeze right through to Sid/Experimental and they are all snappy (even with Gnome). Reminds me of Fiesty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) with how responsive it is on a low powered machine.
I run various versions from plain Squeeze right through to Sid/Experimental and they are all snappy (even with Gnome). Reminds me of Fiesty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) with how responsive it is on a low powered machine.
This has been true in my experience also. I have had various versions of both Debian stable and Ubuntu installed on the same computers. Debian has always ran faster and used fewer resources than Ubuntu.
Since Ubuntu is a Debian derivative, it is not too difficult to move from Ubuntu to Debian.