Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Dec 2008 23:31 UTC, submitted by linuxlinks
Window Managers "Mainstream Linux distributions typically default to one of two desktop environments, KDE or GNOME. Both of these environments provide users with an intuitive and attractive desktop, as well as offering a large raft of multimedia software, games, administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, artwork, web development tools and more. However, these two desktops focus more on providing users with a modern computing environment with all the bells and whistles featured in Windows Vista, rather than minimising the amount of system resources they need. For users and developers who want to run an attractive Linux desktop on older hardware, netbooks, or mobile internet devices, neither KDE or GNOME may be a viable option, as they run too slowly on low spec machines (such as less than 256MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor). This article seeks to identify the best lean desktops for Linux, for users that have old or even ancient hardware."
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Just getting back to the point
by lemur2 on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 12:23 UTC
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From the article, this was one claim made:

KDE or GNOME ... environments provide users with an intuitive and attractive desktop, as well as offering a large raft of multimedia software, games, administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, artwork, web development tools and more. However, these two desktops focus more on providing users with a modern computing environment with all the bells and whistles featured in Windows Vista, rather than minimising the amount of system resources they need. For users and developers who want to run an attractive Linux desktop on older hardware, netbooks, or mobile internet devices, neither KDE or GNOME may be a viable option, as they run too slowly on low spec machines (such as less than 256MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor).


Just for clarity, the current crop of "netbook" class machines typically include the following hardware capacity:

http://products.liliputing.com/products/?id=452

That is a 1.6 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard disk and Intel GMA 950 accelerated graphics.

That is easily enough computing resource to run KDE 4.1.2+ and especially the upcoming KDE 4.2 very sweetly indeed.

Contrary to the claim in the article, there is actually no need to limit yourself to a lightweight desktop experience on a netbook ... you can run KDE with the full bells, whistles and bling quite nicely on a contemporary netbook (largely due to these machines having sufficient RAM and accelerated 2D graphics).

As I pointed out before:
Anyway, if your system has a reasonable ... graphics GPU, with working 2D accelerated graphics, then KDE 4.1 and later will be by far and away the fastest desktop for Linux for your system. KDE 4.2 (now in beta) reportedly rocks ... it blows everything else away.


http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=RxCK0eWV4h4&feature=related

Enjoy.

PS: A netbook won't have sufficient resource do do this, however:
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=OZt4TaRmLEY&feature=related

Edited 2008-12-03 12:33 UTC

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