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Old 06-24-2009, 01:13 AM   #1
gaya3_k
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will the os slow down the laptop's speed


hi,
i have windows vista in laptop,my processor is celeron,
my machine is little slower.
i am planning to install linux and i wanted to use a dual os on the system.
i wanted to know whether the os will slow down a pc's speed and if so which version of linux will be fast.

is there any free version of linux available in net?
 
Old 06-24-2009, 01:43 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by gaya3_k View Post
hi,
i have windows vista in laptop,my processor is celeron,
my machine is little slower.
slower than what?
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i am planning to install linux and i wanted to use a dual os on the system.
i wanted to know whether the os will slow down a pc's speed
Which OS? Vista? Linux? Both? Your question is not very clear. Provided you have enough disk space the mere presence of Vista on the machine shouldn't slow the linux performance.
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and if so which version of linux will be fast.
It depends on how you set them up. Operating fancy 3D effects on your desktop could slow things down but it really depends on many factors starting with the specs of your laptop.

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is there any free version of linux available in net?
Yes, many many many many distros are free (the non-free one's are the exceptions rather than the rule) and available on the net.
cheers,
jdk
 
Old 06-24-2009, 03:25 AM   #3
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Hi Gaya_3k,

Like jdkaye said, its not the mere presence of the OS that will slow a machine down. There a lot of things to consider when determining the cause, i.e. What and how many programs you have installed & are running how you are utilising your hard drive space, and what sort of RAM you have installed. (Always be catious of viruses too.)HOwever, in saying that I have heard some complaints that it can take up a bunch of resources due to the amount of graphics and gif files etc involved in making it look pretty; but I havent used vista myself so I wouldnt be sure. If you want to share more information we might be able to help more.

Secondly, Have a look at linuxquestions.org own Linux Distro section for a bunch of free Linux Operating systems. I work in a redhat enterprise environment and I have Fedora10 running at home. Both very reliable OS's. I like fedora because it has the background and support of redhat, but some people prefer more of a 'people's choice' linux, like ubuntu.

http://iso.linuxquestions.org/

Also, here are some useful sites/blogs to get an idea of what the different distro's are like. Hope they help.

http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/select...tribution.html

http://www.desktoplinux.com/articles/AT3269115798.html

Good Luck,
Donanap
 
Old 06-24-2009, 05:37 AM   #4
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hi,
i have windows vista in laptop,my processor is celeron,
my machine is little slower.
i am planning to install linux and i wanted to use a dual os on the system.
i wanted to know whether the os will slow down a pc's speed and if so which version of linux will be fast.

is there any free version of linux available in net?
Ok you did not mention specs of your laptop so it difficult to suggest you a distribution. If you have enough resources then any main stream distro would be fine. Ubuntu is what I like to suggest for everyday work.
Most of distributions would fare better than Vista irrespective of what you use.
I had Ubuntu in uncles laptop and it was far better in performance than Vista even with desktop effects working.
Ubuntu is free and they mention it will always be. You can download it from the site or if you do not have enough internet bandwidth you can even ask them to ship the cd and they will happily do it for you and will not charge a penny. Goto shipit.ubuntu.com.
 
Old 06-25-2009, 12:48 AM   #5
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thanks yar for ur replies...
my laptop specs are..
120gb hard disk,
512mb RAM,
celeron processor.
hp-compaq laptop.
i have gone through the sites u all posted..very useful .. thanks again....
 
Old 06-25-2009, 01:03 AM   #6
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Not a bad spec laptop. I have a similar laptop at home (not mine, my fathers) just that it has 40 gigs of hdd of make IBM. And Ubuntu does well on that. You might want to keep Compiz 3D effects turned off.
 
Old 06-26-2009, 12:32 AM   #7
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Hi gaya3_k,

I'm not trying to discredit linuxlover or make you feel bad, however whilst you have an OK hard drive size for a laptop, your pc specs are not that great and could be why your system is slowing down whilst trying to run Vista. Below is the minimum system requirements for running Vista Home.

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#1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
#512 MB of system memory
#20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
#Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
So, your memory is just on minimum, which essentially, the better your ram, the more things your computer will be able to think about at once. So, what are the specs of your graphics card? Generally most standard laptops do not come with a great graphics card as they are not known to be gaming machines etc.(Remember I was saying about vista running a lot of graphics/images?)

Anyhow,you will find that as far as a linux machine goes.. you should have NO problems. Linux wont require these sort of specs!

Good luck once again, glad the websites were useful!
 
  


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