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Old 12-30-2002, 12:37 PM   #1
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I feel the need for speed(not drugs)

which is faster, windows, or linux ?

i have a dual boot win xp and mandrake 9.0, and was wondering which is SUPPOSED to be faster, because windows is clearly faster to me, in everything (opening a floppy disk, cdrom, HD browsing, opening a simple mozilla/I.E. web browser, playing simple games like solitare).

why is my linux slow ? would slackware 8.1 be faster than mandrake 9.0 ? would red hat 8.0 be faster than mdk 9.0 ? which distro requires less RAM and other resources to run ?

-newbie dave
Old 12-30-2002, 12:41 PM   #2
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My Slackware 8.1 system kicks my Windows 2000 system anyday in about every category. Just have to customize it to your needs.
Old 12-30-2002, 12:59 PM   #3
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can anyone with a copy of slackware 8.1 (the 4 cd set) make me a copy and send it to me ? i will gladly and hapilly pay for the cds and cost of shipping. i cant find a copy of the 4 cd set for under $5

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The speed depends much on how you configure your system. When i first installed linux i thought just like you. It's slow as shit. But if you configure your system good it will not be slow at all. Without configuration my system uses PIO33=disk speed of an 4:86 =). Use hdparm or compile your kernel with support for your IDE chipset with DMA to get more disk-speed (it makes a really big difference). The kernel.... You may alsa speed up your system by optimize your kernel or install a more simple window-mananger. I don't think the X-window-system is faster than windows because it's not so integrated to the system, but anyway my computer runs faster with linux than with windows. If you think your web-browser is slow test phoenix (avaliable from Of course, compiling the kernel play with config files etc.. is'nt something to learn in a day... If your time is money I think you should keep windows....
Old 12-30-2002, 01:31 PM   #5
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I know that Redhat starts up a bazzillion services which are probably not needed depending on what you do with your box. I would assume Mandrake is the same. I would take the time to disable all the services you don't need.
Old 12-30-2002, 11:04 PM   #6
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I agree with all previously said. In the beginning, It was mind-boggling entering the linux world. What you need to do is to learn more about Linux filesystems, mounting, and running commands. I have linux running faster now than windows in many apps. I would also recommend WindowMaker, a GUI like KDE and GNOME. Its faster than anything else.


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