jpg image browsing slow and crashes - eog gthumb
After a promising start with FC5 on my 1.3 pentium M laptop, even getting wireless networking running with WPA, Iíve come unstuck at jpg browsing. Most of my pictures are around 2-5mb. Eye of gnome (EOG) and gthumb are both extremely slow compared to Windows. If I cancel a slideshow in EOG using the escape key, it often crashes. Generally the slideshows speed up after the first four slow slides but even then progress can be dodgy. F-spot is a bit better but the transitions flicker, and you canít view something off a CD without importing it to your hard drive first. Also it doesnít allow you to deploy your own folder structure which makes it undesirable in my opinion. With EOG and gthumb you have to allow the system to index all the images before viewing if you want anything like a smooth viewing experience, and even then it is very slow. This indexing takes a long time compared to windows, I wonder if windows indexes a more cursory level of detail whereas these linux programs seem to want to scan each file meticulously. Anyway the performance was so poor I wondered if my swap file was OK, I tried a default install and then one with a 2GB swap file, it didnít help. This leaves me wondering if something else might be awry, or is that just how they run? Are there any people out there who use this software to manage large photo collections of sizeable pictures? If thatís you, then I wonder, how do you find it compares with other OSs?