Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2012 22:40 UTC
Window Managers After six years, development on Window Maker has picked up again. Other than mere bug fixes, the two new releases (so far) also include lots of code cleanup and, yes, new features as well. Welcome back!
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RE[2]: Woo!
by Gullible Jones on Sat 18th Feb 2012 22:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Woo!"
Gullible Jones
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2006-05-23

Couldn't say; last time I tried Ubuntu I discovered that it did not include the driver for the Powerbook's IDE controller. Shame. At any rate Debian works pretty well, though applications can be pretty sluggish. (GTK2 and Qt4 are both godawful slow on old computers!)

Note however that the Powerbook's hard drive seems to be slowly failing, so observations about performance may be significantly skewed.

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RE[3]: Woo!
by zima on Sun 19th Feb 2012 01:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Woo!"
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2005-07-06

applications can be pretty sluggish. (GTK2 and Qt4 are both godawful slow on old computers!)

At least with GTK - not really. LXDE or ROX Desktop are generally quite snappy even on a dual Pentium II 266 MHz that I keep around (OK, it's dual, so the feel on its desktop might be possibly more comparable to, say, Celeron 400 ...either way, it should be markedly slower than G4 800 MHz - even if we remember how deceitful, waaay far-fetched & relying on few carefully chosen hand-tuned edge scenarios, the silly Apple claims of "PowerPC 'supercomputer on a chip' G4" were back in the day)

How specific apps are written is a major factor (and LXDE does strive to be light). Or the cause might lie somewhere else, GFX drivers for example.

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RE[4]: Woo!
by Gullible Jones on Sun 19th Feb 2012 03:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Woo!"
Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

Okay, I can accept that; rox-filer at least is snappy enough even on my Pentium II Thinkpad. But the applications that really matter (i.e. Abiword and any browser) tend to be very slow. Abiword especially - the inability to disable smooth scrolling (due to a bug) is problematic on old machines.

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