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Old 09-30-2002, 06:54 PM   #1
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Linux slower?


I installed RH7.3 on my computer, which is a Pentium 90, 48mb memory. i know thats not the hardware that dreams are made of, but i figured it would be good enough to learn the in's and out's of Linux. well, it runs much slower than the WIn95 that was on there before. it takes forever to open up windows and such. im using the GNOME interface. anyone have any suggestions?
 
Old 09-30-2002, 07:00 PM   #2
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Well first of all, the Window Manager/Desktop environment your using is a resource hog itself. Plus with a machine being that old with a distro being that new, its like trying to load Windows XP on it and expecting it to be fast. You could go with a older distro, try to eliminate processes you don't need, like apache for webserver.. for example. And get a lighter desktop environment as well.

Search the forums here, this sort of question is asked all the time, but yeah, that machine with that distro and that much ram, its going to be slow.
 
Old 09-30-2002, 07:02 PM   #3
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ahh this reminds me of that epic thread on (in)adequacy.org when the guy (with an MSCE of course... of course...) seemed to think that he could compare the performance of his mandrake installation with the performance of win95. he didn't think it was relevant to compare it to the performance of winXP for some bizarre reason, and of course there were literally hundreds of replies ripping it out of him

so... Redhat 7.3 is of an approximate equivalence to windowsxp (minus the bugs) a standard desktop installation is NOT comparable to the performance of windows 95. try installing XP on that machine and see how far you get.

you can improve the performance by using a smaller window manager like blackbox, and stopping any unwanted servers. but at the end of the day, you have a pentium 90... it's old. it's slow.
 
Old 09-30-2002, 07:09 PM   #4
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oh.. and i forgot to mention that the adequacy guy (with an msce) didn't actually even manage to install mandrake...
 
Old 09-30-2002, 08:21 PM   #5
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LOL you poor guys must be driven nuts by n00bs. i apologize for my misconception of RH7.3's requirements and performance on slow machines
 
Old 10-01-2002, 08:07 AM   #6
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From what I've seen, it's less the distro version and more just which programs you run that contributes to poor performance.

I saw some benchmarks comparing performance of 2.2 series kernels with 2.4 series kernels, and the 2.4 kernels came out significantly on top (this was on old hardware - same context). For optimal performance, I believe it's best to use a modern distro/kernel, and strip out what you don't need. Quite apart from the more recent distro just being all-round more polished.
 
Old 10-01-2002, 11:07 AM   #7
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Strip A LOT of things. I had the same problem, trying to install slack 8 on a P 90 and the first install was a disaster, the second time i got it right, i installed just the software sets i need, and then removed all services i dont need, preatty much everything, then used IceWm as window manager, and it run fine, i can't say it was fast... but it was just fine...
Adding some RAM could help also..
HTH
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Old 10-01-2002, 12:05 PM   #8
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Ditch Gnome & KDE. Use Fluxbox. It takes 2 secs to finish loading on my PC.
 
Old 10-01-2002, 04:06 PM   #9
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ditto the flux recommendation. There's nothing I miss from KDE, and I find the tighter title bars of flux to be more pleasing than kde's. Yes, you have to manually edit a text file to add/remove menu items, but is it really that much more efficient to do it with a bloated grapical interface? Matter of taste - you can try out windowmaker, fluxbox, blackbox, iceWM (which I'm not keen on), and decide for yourself.
 
Old 10-01-2002, 06:17 PM   #10
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well i switched to KDE, and it actually kinda runs faster on that compared to GNOME. and i do like KDE much better. what i might do is wipe everything out again and manually install only the stuff i need, like you guys said.
 
  


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