OS Performance (was OT: New low for Microsoft!)

Bob Shaffer fedora at bobshafferscomputer.com
Wed May 5 15:44:32 UTC 2004

Certain programs take a long time to start.  Usually there is an alternate
program that starts faster if you don't like it.  I normally use faster
window managers like blackbox or enlightenment. 
Switching/shading/minimizing/restoring/etc windows with them is always
instantaneous.  Gnome and KDE have become almost as bloated as MS Windows
over the past few years, and I just prefer simplicity anyway.

Gabriel M. Beddingfield said:
>> It's at times like these, that I am greatly relieved I'm not a Windows
>> user:
>> http://www.genesis-x.nildram.co.uk/news/article00005.html
> This brings up a question I have about Fedora.  I recently installed FC1
> on an 800 MHz Celeron with 128MB RAM.  I'm a Linux newbie.  The system
> is dual-booted with Windows ME.  Yes, I know that I'm running below
> recommended specs.
> Before going on, I am a convert to the Open Source ideology.  I would
> like to see Linux (and open source software) succeed and dominate the
> market.  After passing newbie status, I look forward to rolling up my
> sleeves and pitching in on coding.
> The first thing I notice in Linux (running GNOME) is that it *seems*
> more sluggish than Windows.  Menus take longer to pop up.  Standard
> dialogs take longer to pop up.  All sorts of things.  When I click to
> start Mozilla, I have to check to see if my HD light is on -- otherwise
> I don't know if the OS registered my click!  (In all fairness, Explorer
> isn't much better in this regard.)
> A good example is switching windows.  Everything is loaded in RAM -- no
> caching to the HD.  When I change the focus to another open window, it's
> like I get a flicker-flicker-there.  It takes around 500ms to make the
> change.  In Windows, this is not so.
> So here's the question:  Is this normal for Fedora and/or Linux?  Do I
> maybe have a bad video setting?
> Otherwise, is it possible that Linux developers are prone to pushing the
> hardware, too?  Honestly, I don't see why my 486/DX2 w/8MB is obsolete.
>   What are we doing now that requires so much more horsepower?  Are word
> processors now solving partial differential equations before they print?
> Peace,
> Gabriel
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