Linked by Jeremy LaCroix on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 18:38 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu My search for "the perfect Linux operating system" this time brings me to the latest incarnation of Ubuntu, version 5.04, also known as the "Hoary Hedgehog Release". Previously I was using Fedora Core 4, however due to some minor bugs it had, I wanted to try something different.
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RE[2]: Ubuntu
by Tom K on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 19:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Ubuntu"
Tom K
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2005-07-06

I know what you're going to suggest ... You're going to suggest I use some window manager designed for a 386.

When I say "Linux" I refer to the specific distribution I've mentioned. ALL modern Linux distributions are fat and slow, with the possible exception of spartan stuff like Slackware, but even that I'm not sure about anymore.

The average user doesn't care whether they should refer to it as Linux, GNU/Linux, Redhat, or Fedora Core -- what matters is that it's slow on their system and they don't like it.

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RE[3]: Ubuntu
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 20:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Ubuntu"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Linux with KDE/Gnome (and even XFCE 4 these days) are indeed generally slower in performance and responsiveness than ie. Windows XP.

However, it's not that big of a deal. Other major operating systems 'feel' slow too (OS X comes to mind), but somehow it never really gets that bad that it gets annoying. I sure have no problems with it using Ubuntu/Gnome and Tiger. And no, I don't have super-duper hardware (check http://thom.expert-zone.com for details on my hw).

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RE[4]: Ubuntu
by Tom K on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 20:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Ubuntu"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

A stock install of OS X does seem a tad sluggish on my 1.42 GHz Mac Mini, but a quick disabling of some animations/effects, and it's generally very fluid and responsive.

I can't say the same about GNOME/KDE on my 2.4 GHz Athlon 64/2 GB RAM. They feel jerky, like a n00bian driving standard.

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RE[4]: Ubuntu
by kadymae on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 20:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Ubuntu"
kadymae Member since:
2005-08-02

Other major operating systems 'feel' slow too (OS X comes to mind)>>

And yet, I've yet to have the same experience with my PowerMac with 10.3 or 10.4 and I'm using the stock video card that shipped with my MDD.

The XP computer I'm writing this on has more UI slowness than Ubuntu 4.10 on my Pismo. I find that dedicated video ram makes a *huge* difference in resposiveness and crash resistance. (This work box has "vampire video" and no way to add a video card.)

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RE[4]: Ubuntu
by on Tue 23rd Aug 2005 09:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Ubuntu"
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One of the reason I stopped using Linux was because it was pretty slow compared to me XP. And I can't be bothered to learn how to compile a kernel or any of that nonsense. I've got work to do!

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