Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.
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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

But here's the thing... even xfce to a certain degree is bloating on 256Mb seeing as it only leaves 100Mb free. On 256Mb I'm hesitant to recommend even a full kde3 session. If you prune things down then it will run fine (on 256 Mb you should Expect to need pruning on any environment minus those that are geared as lightweight)


XFCE is light enough to install on minimal hardware, especially as you say if you prune things down a bit.

If you want really snappy performance on minimal or older hardware, try installing Xubuntu ... and then from the base install change the desktop to the even-lighter LXDE.

$ apt-get install lxde-desktop

... following your Xubuntu install. On the next boot, change the default session to LXDE instead of Xubuntu.

http://lxde.org/

This will run very snappily even on minimal harware, yet installing it following Xubuntu still gives you an Ubuntu 8.10 base to your system.

Or you could just get LXDE/Ubuntu from here: http://ubuntulite.tuxfamily.org/?q=node/2
... but that site doesn't seem to have caught up with Ubuntu 8.10 as yet.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

Edited 2008-11-18 03:19 UTC

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Personally, I like "bloat" and my computer can handle "bloat". What I take issue is others with minimum spec computers complaining that kde etc is bloated. It isn't for a normal computer, nor is it if you prune it down...so basically what I'm saying is that I don't find kde4 "bloated".

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Personally, I like "bloat" and my computer can handle "bloat". What I take issue is others with minimum spec computers complaining that kde etc is bloated. It isn't for a normal computer, nor is it if you prune it down...so basically what I'm saying is that I don't find kde4 "bloated".


Hear hear. KDE4 somehow manages to cop a lot of flack for being slow and bloated considering that it is actually the fastest desktop of any with comparable features.

However, it is fair to say that there are systems, even ones that you can buy right now, today, for which KDE4 is a bit too comprehensive. Syetms such as netbooks with 512MB RAM, only 8GB of SSD, and an under-powered GPU.

http://products.liliputing.com/products/?id=207

KDE4 will work on such a system, but it will be sluggish no doubt.

Even though KDE 4.1 is arguably better for a small screen size (because of the re-sizeable dialog boxes), nevertheless it is a bit sluggish on such systems because the GPU isn't all that capable.

XFCE or LXDE are more suited to such a system.

KDE 4.1 is more suited to a full desktop system equipped with resources to handle it just as Gnome is).

This may change with KDE 4.2, which is reputed to be significantly faster than KDE 4.1.

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