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Re: Intel(r) Core™2 Duo Processors"

Dotan Cohen wrote:
On 12/10/06, James Wilkinson <fedora aprilcottage co uk> wrote:
What I meant was "why are you upgrading, and what are you currently
finding slow?"

I often have at least five programs open (Firefox, Kmail, amaroK,
Kopete, and F-Spot), and this 1.2 gHz AMD Duron machine, even with 1GB
of RAM, is dead-slow. Programs take forever to open, webpages take
forever to load.

I know that I've got a bad mix of KDE and Gnome apps, but there are
KDE apps (Kate) that I just can't replace, and there are Gnome apps
(F-Spot) that I have yet to find comparable KDE apps for. And although
Firefox is GTK-based, there are extensions that I just can't live
without. I've tried many times to move to Konqueror.

I know that throwing hardware at the problem is not the answer, but in
the future I only expect my loads to increase (Skype is open often
too, now). A machine that will handle it is nessaccary.

Curious, I'm running an Athlon 1.3GHz (last one before XP ratings),
with 1GB of RAM, and I don't experience this, typically I'll be
running firefox, thunderbird, some music player (depends, LastFM client,
XMMS), vnc and be fine.  Although I do find that Wikipedia (and to
a lesser extent The Register) really slow firefox down, but it doesn't
affect the rest of the machine.  I'm not sure why that happens; my
parents machine is a similar (lower) spec, running Win98SE and
firefox has no problem on Wikpedia there.

Some of the newer apps are horribly slow though, Evince is often
unusable.  Doing video encoding and not setting the priority will
also slow things down, but that's to be expected.


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