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Old 10-16-2003, 10:36 AM   #1
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What is "best" distro for coding, compiling, openoffice?

Hi. I'm not trying to start a holy war over the "best" distribution. I know they each have their pros and cons.

I finished installing RH9 to a 2.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM machine for my wife. It runs fine. However, it doesn't run as fine as my machine at work, which uses Win2000Pro on a simple 800 Mhz, 384 MB RAM. The main problems on the RH9 machine are opening things -- openoffice takes a while to come up, mainly. It doesn't feel unstable, just lifeless.

I'm wondering if all the tweaking to Services in RH9 isn't going to do much to put the zip in the RH9 machine. The RH9 machine is mostly designated for coding, compiling, openoffice. There will be a little use of the CD-RW and CD Player, Mozilla. But that's it. It's a science & engineering machine.

Is there a distribution more suited to these needs than RH9? If I've missed previous posts that have discussed this, I apologize and please kill this thread. But most posts and other internet info on "best" distros usually burst into flames by the 5th or 6th post in -- I'm hoping telling my computing needs will prevent that.

Old 10-16-2003, 10:50 AM   #2
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From what I've seen, there's not going to be a major difference between distros when it comes to "performance." There are some things you can do like compiling a new kernel where you trim the fat and such. However, out of the box, I noticed that Slackware for me in the past would compile faster than more polished distros.

Like anything else, though, once you start running services on Slack it doesn't make much more difference than running Redhat if using the same kernel. You might want to check out this page: when it comes to trying to find out which distro or configuration works best under the same (hardware) conditions.
Old 10-16-2003, 11:15 AM   #3
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Thanks for the link, rootyard.


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