Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Sep 2012 22:20 UTC, submitted by superstoned
SuSE, openSUSE "The latest release [...] brings you speed-ups across the board with a faster storage layer in Linux 3.4 and accelerated functions in glibc and Qt, giving a more fluid and responsive desktop. The infrastructure below openSUSE has evolved, bringing in newly matured technologies like GRUB2 and Plymouth and the first steps in the direction of a revised and simplified UNIX file system hierarchy." You can download openSUSE 12 from the mirrors.
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RE[3]: Downloading now.
by zima on Sat 8th Sep 2012 07:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Downloading now."
zima
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2005-07-06

While running the OS I can't perceive any of these huge speed-ups that people are talking about from the lowest level of the kernel to the desktop

It's probably largely a variant of ~placebo... notice how new releases of almost anything tend to be usually reported that way? (how fast it should all be by now!)
Why would computing be immune to ~placebo-like effects, why shouldn't they be similarly prevalent as in, say, audio? (for example: http://plan9.bell-labs.com/wiki/plan9/Mouse_vs._keyboard/index.html or how, contrary to subjective opinions of quite a few "connoisseurs", actual research seems to suggest that trackpoints are in fact inferior to touchpads... some examples in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointing_stick#Comparison_with_touchpa... & http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18522893 - conversely, note how the views and links supportive of trackpoint seem to be "subjective opinion" in character; and I even personally like trackpoints, I'm used to the concept, but...)

Once I did a blind test on a buddy who claimed that overclocking made a big difference - thing is, in a properly controlled test, he was unable to reliably say when the CPU was running at half the speed, his guesses weren't statistically more significant than chance.

WRT your setup, OpenSUSE seems to have an ~official LXDE variant now... (though Lubuntu probably would be nicer, it kinda looks like the premier, almost-official LXDE distro). And yeah, swap behaviour can be very different between OS and applications (so maybe also how the same is packaged etc. between distros?); a bit frustrating - one OS & app combination seems to go rather nicely on 768 MiB RAM and around 1 GiB of swap in use, another chokes almost in any swapping.

PS. In related news - curious, no lemur-trolling.

Edited 2012-09-08 07:53 UTC

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RE[4]: Downloading now.
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 8th Sep 2012 10:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Downloading now."
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2006-12-05

Well, there were some real technological improvements made all the way down from the kernel to the desktop. So theoretically, it *is* faster. Technically, it may be, but I will mention again (I did already didn't I?) that I haven't used openSUSE in quite a while, so it's actually "feeling" of speed is not fresh in my mind. I just know, from what I remember, everything is mostly the same. The installation, especially, doesn't seem any faster.

Well anyway, I decided to try completely removing the Kicker applet from the taskbar and then adding it back. I figured what the hell, I don't enough about KDE's user config directory setup to go removing stuff, so what the hell. I didn't think it would do anything (I'm pretty sure I've used the option to "switch" between old and new launchers with no success), but it was worth a shot. Surprisingly, that did solve my problem of having menu entries without text. The menus are much better now; apparently there were in fact some remnants from older versions of KDE4 in both older openSUSE releases and other distros that were the culprit.

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