Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jan 2004 08:19 UTC
Oracle and SUN Some of the more experienced among the readers can surely configure CUPS with Samba by editing configuration files with closed eyes. This kind of exercise is useful and fun the first few times, but it can quickly become a mundane task if it has to repeated often. Wouldn't it be nice if we had a distribution that could do it near-automatically? In other words, wouldn't it be nice if we just used Xandros? And despite our natural resistance to use GUI for any kind of configuration, could we still love Xandros? Robert Storey investigates.
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by Flatline on Sun 18th Jan 2004 21:32 UTC

It's funny...I keep seeing posts that linux desktop environments are slow. My girlfriend and I went home for xmas and we used my mom's brand-new Dell (which is a P4 2.8GHz machine with 512mb of DDR by the way) and she complained about how slow the machine felt. I run Debian's "testing" branch on a 2.6GHz P4 system and I switch back and forth between about 7 window manager/DE environments (although KDE and Gnome are by far the two most often used) and my girlfriend, who is not by any means extremely computer savvy, has no problems working with the machine.
I know you can tweak XP to make it faster, but my mom doesn't know how to do it and she doesn't want to learn. I have found KDE 3.1.4 to be pretty quick on my machines, and Gnome, while it feels a bit slower, is still pretty snappy.
Note that I am by no means bashing XP...I think that if it is configured properly it can be a servicable OS, and if you like it, then more power to you (as long as you actually paid for it - software piracy just pisses me off). It's just that I keep hearing this "linux DE is slow" stuff and it never really has been for me.