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Old 10-04-2009, 12:25 PM   #1
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Debian Sid - Slowly


I installed on my old notebook (aspire 3620 with 2GB ram) debian lenny. after the install i executed in the single user mode "apt-get dist-upgrade" to upgrade my lenny to debian sid.

but now it is the notebook very slowly. the window's are loding more slowly. monodevelop (i use it to develop software) is also slowly. but why? i saw that in the bakcground are 110 processes are running, is this to much?

a month ago i installed only debian lenny, it was very fast and i had no problems.

does anyone know how i can my debian faster?

best regards

ps: sorry for my bad english
Old 10-05-2009, 12:39 PM   #2
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I would say to look through the processes and see what is running at boot. You may need to trim things out of your boot (I like to use sysv-rc-conf to edit the things starting at boot. Trim off things you don't need. You also could try compiling a new kernel (keep the old one just in case) and trim out all the stuff you don't need. This is a necessity for me on really old machines (I'm talking 600MHz machines w/ 512MB RAM).
Old 10-05-2009, 11:49 PM   #3
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I agree, check processes. however, IMO debian isn't the best choice for a notebook assuming you are using the notebook as just a useable workstation. Debian focuses more on stability than cutting edge newstuff
Old 10-06-2009, 07:14 AM   #4
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Debian focuses more on stability than cutting edge newstuff
That's certainly true of Debian Stable.
But the op is using Unstable,the most 'cutting edge' branch of Debian.
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And the most apt to break.
Old 10-06-2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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I was having a lot of problems with Sid as well. I changed to Ubuntu (a Debian based distro) and it works a whole lot better on my Notebook. If you are on an older machine and you do decide to change to Ubuntu, you may want to disable compositing. Good luck.
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make sure you always always do "apt-get safe-upgrade"
or even better "aptitude safe-upgrade"

I haven't broken anything (yet) using safe-upgrade

and, you should first upgrade to squeeze(testing), then to sid unstable


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