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Old 11-17-2003, 11:32 PM   #1
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Everything being equal, which one is faster, GNOME or KDE?

Hi, I had RedHat 9.0 ran GNOME, and it was slow (as far as opening, switching, and closing a window/program) compare to my Slackware 9.1 KDE. I'm just curious, is it the distribution or is it the windows environment?

Or was there something wrong with my RedHat 9.0 GNOME which slowed down the response?
Old 11-17-2003, 11:42 PM   #2
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Redhat probably had more services installed and running as opposed to slack. Possibly, Rhat did not enable the best DMA or UDMA on your HD. It is more likely distro dependant, however, I get Redhat working ultra fast on my 2 GHz, and decent performance on my son's P 233. It comes down to, usually, disabling/stopping services, getting the best video driver you can and turning off uneeded eye candy. GNOME is faster than KDE while KDE is faster than GNOME. GNOME loads quicker, but needs to load more on app start, whereas KDE loads slower, but keeps more libraries in mem (is more of a hog that way), and apps start/restart quicker. On a machine is less memory, GNOME will appear faster. On a system with memory to spare, KDE will seem faster in desktop operation.

However, all things being equal, they would be the same.

Old 11-17-2003, 11:52 PM   #3
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Fast is in the eyes of the beholder. Some things KDE does faster, other Gnome does faster.

For the best of both worlds, use XFce

/me ducks!
Old 11-18-2003, 12:07 AM   #4
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Hehehe, I meant "everything ELSE being equal.. bla bla.." you know what I mean . Anyway, thanks for the replies guys.


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