Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 13th Apr 2012 02:48 UTC
Linux VectorLinux is one of those useful but lesser-known Linux distros. It's been around since 1999 and I've used it since 2006, off and on, in the role of a secondary OS. Now, with the disruptive changes Ubuntu forces on its user base with each new release, I've found myself increasingly attracted to Vector's stability and convenience. This article introduces "VL" to those who may not be familiar with it.
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UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

I agree with and find many of your posts informative, but while you're stating the facts here, I have to say that I don't fully agree with them. I still like KDE3. The Trinity Desktop is not only familiar, but is fast and runs well with much less memory than KDE4.

Sure, KDE4 is now more familiar since it really has started competing well feature-wise with KDE3, but... it's a massive pig. As impressed as I have been lately with KDE4 (I have accidentally ran it in a virtual machine with 256MB RAM and, amazingly, not only did it run without any crashing, but I was able to open Dolphin and Konsole at the same time), it still eats up too much memory.

I only have 1GB of memory in this piece of shit. I don't know, maybe I should be running a 32-bit operating system (it would use less memory), but at the same time... I have a 64-bit processor, why not make use of it and the extra registers available? Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find much information on how much more memory 64-bit requires compared to 32-bit, other than the Windows Vista/Windows 7 system requirements--but I don't trust Microsoft's recommendations anyway, and I don't know how much memory use differs in 32-bit vs. 64-bit Linux distributions. [Note: Sure, I could look at various 32/64-bit Linux distribution system requirements, but they only give a decent estimate for standard usage, which I do not fall under. They don't say the approximate amount of memory increase per typical program.]

Then again, I have been unable to open as many tabs in Firefox without swapping to hell and back even in Openbox, so maybe my distribution (openSUSE 12.1 64-bit) or, more likely, the included version of Firefox (10.0.2) is to blame. I was running Mozilla's official Linux binary of Firefox in Debian previously with GNOME or Openbox, and the swapping didn't seem quite as bad.

That said, I do always have a shitload of tabs open. I used to have 70-80 or more open at a time before the system became completely responsive; now that number seems to be 55-60. Yeah, I know--in the end, I need more memory. But I have to work with what I have, and KDE4 doesn't allow me to do that. Hell, with openSUSE, even Openbox doesn't allow me to do that.

Edited 2012-04-14 09:00 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I only have 1GB of memory in this piece of shit.


That is more than enough memory. Heaps. Oodles.

As I type this in Firefox 11 running under KDE 4.8.2 (with desktop effects, strigi and nepomuk all running, and nepomuk given twice the normal memory allocation to improve performance), the system monitor is showing only 513 MB memory used. Less than half of your memory.

KDE4 should run faster for you than KDE3 if your system has a GPU. If it doesn't, there still shouldn't be much in it.

KDE4 is now more familiar since it really has started competing well feature-wise with KDE3


KDE4 absolutely spanks KDE3 feature-wise, as well as in supported applications.

Edited 2012-04-14 10:35 UTC

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

I agree with and find many of your posts informative, but while you're stating the facts here, I have to say that I don't fully agree with them. I still like KDE3. The Trinity Desktop is not only familiar, but is fast and runs well with much less memory than KDE4.


That, and KDE3 doesn't have any major pieces of functionality with names that sound like embarrassing medical conditions.

"Sorry, can't go on that bike trip this weekend - my damn plasmoids are flaring up again."

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