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Dan Bizman
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I've tried just about every Linux OS (free ones) I can find and every one of them is SUPER slow on my old laptop. It's a Toshiba 2100 CDT with 192 RAM (that's the max), 400 AMD. I know it's slow but Win 2k runs VERY well on it. Yet every Linux OS I've tried so far is horribly slow, to where it's like my old 486. I've tried Ubuntu, Xanadros, DamnSmallLinux (was ok, but not as good as win 2k), Knoppix and I think one other I can't remember.

(I know that it may be that I need to configure it for the hardware or something but I can't find anywhere that has that type of info nor have the forums been helpful.)

Does anyone have any suggestions?
 
Joe Ess
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I'll bet your problem isn't the distribution, it's the window manager. Were you using KDE or Gnome when you tried each of the distributions? To put it kindly, they're both pigs. Xfce is fairly full-featured while being lighter than both KDE and Gnome.
enlightenment is lighter still, then there's bare-bones ones like blackbox and openbox that are fairly challanging to configure (editing config files and the like) and have little in the way of widgets but are very light weight.
Also be aware that many distributions start up all kinds of services by default. Disabling things you don't need (httpd, sshd, bluetooth, fetchmail, etc.) will save valuable cpu cycles for your use.
[ November 06, 2006: Message edited by: Joe Ess ]
 
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