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Old 02-28-2007, 02:22 PM   #1
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Speed: Basic Debian + fluxbox, or Arch?


Hi!!
I have been playing with Arch (with fluxbox as WM) for the last few days. I really liked it, mainly because of its speed. But I had some problems coping up with pacman. That maybe because I have been a Ubuntu user for quite long, and got used to apt-get as package management!!
Now, someone tells me that a basic installation of Debian (only the core) plus fluxbox can be just as fast as Arch (with flux)!! I need confirmation for that, because if its true, then I'd rather move to Debian just for apt-get!!
All I need is a fast distro for my 256 mb RAM Pentium IV system.
 
Old 02-28-2007, 06:20 PM   #2
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I don't absolutely know the answer since I have never used Arch. A basic Debian install and a light desktop is d*** fast.

Since you've already tried Arch, go ahead and give Debian a try. Worst possible scenario, you spend a couple days learning things, and wind up back with Arch. If that's too expensive, stay where you are. You'll get used to the package manager.
 
Old 02-28-2007, 07:22 PM   #3
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Pretty much any distro is fast with a light weight window manager and only the necessary services running.
 
Old 02-28-2007, 09:23 PM   #4
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Arch with Flux
Debian with Flux
Ubuntu with Flux

They're all gonna be fast. Though, if you're running on x86 hardware, Arch might be a _little_ faster. This is because Debian binaries are only optimized for i386. I think Arch binaries are optimized for i686.

Ever heard of Flubuntu? Do a search.
 
Old 03-01-2007, 01:20 AM   #5
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Thanx a lot for your replies!!

I have installed Debian. Currently, I'm triple booting Debian, Arch and Ubuntu.
I must say, with only the base CLI system installed in both cases, Arch starts faster than Debian. Maybe that's because my architecture is i686!
I think for the timebeing, I'l keep all three of the distros.

BTW, Fluxubuntu looks kewl. I'l try out the Live CD someday.....infact I already have a fluxbox session added to the current ubuntu Installation! But, I think I have used enough of Ubuntu and just need kind of a change!! LOL!!
 
  


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