Linked by Bryce Harrington on Wed 2nd Jun 2004 17:15 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces I had to reread Bulia's email three times. It was one of those nigh-mythical events that you read happens in Open Source projects, but never see in person. Yet, amazingly, here it was, and I knew Fred's patch would instantly double Inkscape's utility.
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RE: Jon & Bas
by Abraxas on Thu 3rd Jun 2004 00:20 UTC

I don't know what kind of machine you have, but running on machines that most geeks have (and many corporations still use), Inkscape feels slow, both on its vector engine and its GTK+ UI. Try loading "Help/Keys and Mouse" or "Help/About Inkscape". The first one takes about 40-50 seconds to load on my machine, and the second one loads the images in patches instead of all of it on the same time, using ugly black redraws. Ugly and slow!

I am running v. 0.38 on a pIII 600mhz (kernel 2.6) and its lighting fast. Somehing must be wrong with your setup.

I have a 700Mhz PIII with 256MB of RAM also. I generally don't have a problem using inkscape but Jon has a point, to a degree. Loading the "about" section is kinda ugly but it only takes a second or two at the most. The "keys and mouse" help section is bad though. It took a full 9 seconds to load on my machine. That's nowhere near the 40-50 seconds that Jon claims but it is still unacceptable.