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Old 11-03-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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Which Linux Distro is fast and smooth ( with desktop effects) ???

Hi there

I am new to Linux and I did try Ubuntu 64bit. Yes is good distro, good hadware support.
But it was little bit slow, laggy if you know what I mean. Maybe it was my fault, I don't know.

What other Linux distro would you recommend? Fast and smooth with desktop effects.
Gnome, KDE or XFCE ???

Dell Vostro 1700
Intel Core2 duo 2.2 GHz
3Gb ram
2x160 GB HD
Nvidia 8600GT


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Old 11-03-2008, 07:09 PM   #2
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The distro will make little to no difference.

Be sure your hardware acceleration is working (this is important - it does not work by default).

Open up your system monitor (or use "top" in a terminal) to be sure there are no processes killing your CPU.

My little 2.0GHz laptop w/ nvidia card runs compiz (Desktop Effects) surprisingly well (I'm using 32 bit Ubuntu 8.10). I would guess there was a config issue if you're having issues.
Old 11-03-2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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Which Linux Distro is fast and smooth ( with desktop effects) ???
All of them.
Old 11-03-2008, 07:49 PM   #4
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Fast and smooth and desktop effects simply don't go very well together. Just try disabling your desktop effects on Ubuntu and you'll find that it immediately feels more responsive. Maybe you'll like Mandriva - easy to use, lots of software, slick and quite fast (although its quite slow to boot).


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