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Old 07-03-2005, 10:12 AM   #1
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I installed red hat linux 9 on a dual boot system sharing with windows ME, yesterday.

I usually use KDE when I am running linux.

The system is extremely slow, i have run free and had a look at /var/log/messages to see if there are any memory problems but came up with nothing.

i am running on a pentium III with 64mb RAM, can anyone please give me some tips on how i can speed my linux up ?

I will also be installing Apache, tomcat, postgreSQL and mySQL on the system soon any tips/advice on these areas would also be greatly appreciated.


Old 07-03-2005, 10:16 AM   #2
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Try running a different window manager like Icewm or Fluxbox, the minimum suggested ram to run KDE is 256.
Old 07-03-2005, 11:13 AM   #3
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Yeah, you're trying to run one of the most memory intensive desktop environments with only 64M RAM. That is going to slow things down a lot.

Try using Fluxbox, XFCE, ICEWM, or some other light window manager, or better yet buy some RAM.
Old 07-03-2005, 02:25 PM   #4
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yeah, right!
on my box the kde uses up a good 85 MB of ram when its IDLE!
so with only 64 mb of physical memory, your computer constantly keeps writing and reading to the swap partition on your hard drive, which is powers of ten slower than the corresponding operations on ram.
you might wanna consider purchasing some more ram from ebay. it's usually sold at affordable prices.

Last edited by Marc L.; 07-03-2005 at 02:26 PM.


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