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Old 10-15-2009, 05:22 PM   #1
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Fedora 10 is incredibly slower than Windows

Hi everyone

I'm Nuno from Portugal
its my first post here and I joined this forum because I've recently become a full member of the Linux club
I switched to linux 5 months ago I chose Fedora as my distro and until now I'm not regretted
Its very rare going to windows even that I keep an installation on my now secondary hard drive
I only resource to windows when I want to play some game or something specific

But what I notice and actually pisses me a bit in this wonderful new world of open software is the fact that fedora is incredible slow

I think that the developers behind all this wonders really should put the eye candy improvements aside and focusing on making linux and fedora in particular faster
For example I've installed Skype for linux and after starting a conversation with someone I immediately start to have HUGE lags we are talking about 30 second lags !!! As soon as I switch to windows.. its gone

Another example, transferring a file to an external USB 2.0 hard drive is much much faster in windows, twice as fast
Pretty much everything is faster in windows... this is unacceptable
Linux was supposed to be faster no?

can anyone explain why is this ?

thank you all
Old 10-15-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Sometimes there are many services running in the background that can slow down a system. If you go into the System menu and look for an entry called Services, you can use that to disable services you do not use. Make sure you understand what these services do before disabling them because you may end up with a system that does not work right if you disable important stuff. Another option is to try a lighter desktop environment. For example if you are using GNOME or KDE, try using something like XFCE or LXDE and see if that makes a difference.
Old 10-15-2009, 06:35 PM   #3
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Two ideas...

Open a terminal and use the command "top", a resource tracker, to see what processes are active, and post the results. See man top for an explanation.

If you were to run fedora 10 as a live-cd, would it be as slow? What would "top" report in comparison?
Old 10-15-2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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@ nunoalex

Also, what are the specs of your computer, i.e type of CPU, the speed in MHZ or GHZ and system RAM?

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Old 10-15-2009, 07:19 PM   #5
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take a look at Mjm's page on services .

also WHAT graphics driver did you install ?
and what it your 3d card?
fedora DOSE NOT ship with any proprietary software
so 2d only and very min. graphics are the default.


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