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Re: Optimizing suse10 on old box

  • Subject: Re: Optimizing suse10 on old box
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2006 06:02:29 +0000
  • Newsgroups: alt.os.linux.suse
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [eric] on Saturday 14 January 2006 05:39 \__

> Hello,
> I have a 6 year old Micron Millennia on which I loaded suse10.  It is
> rather slow due to its chiop vintage, limited memory and such.  Are
> there some optimizations that can be done to improve performance.  I am,
> basically, looking for hints.  I already turned  off beagle.  Both kde
> and gnome tend to weigh it down.  Any settings I can tweek?
> Everything works, just not very fast.
> Thanks

By  default,  GNOME and KDE have almost all the extra flash  (menu  trans-
parency,  shadows, animations) turned off, so not much room for  optimisa-
tion  there. I am not talking about translucency and window shadow casting
in KDE, but the older effects that date back to KDE 3 and earlier.

I suggest you begin by considering lightweight applications. Firefox alone
requires  about  50  MB  of memory and so does  Thunderbird,  among  other
JRE-based  applications. I suggest you use lighter applications like  Kon-
queror  or Mozilla 1.7(ish). I am fairly sure that GNOME will consume less
resources and thus be quicker, so go in that direction if at all possible.

Do  not accommodate your panels with too many widgets like clocks, meters,
a rich pager, etc. You can also save some memory, I suppose, if you choose
a plain-colour desktop background or a gradient blend, which KDE definite-
ly  supports. Lastly, you can often find advanced settings in a variety of
places  where you can pose limit on memory consumption. I could never find
these  in  GNOME though. It doesn't give you finer,  low-granularity  con-
trols. For almost-legacy hardware, I suspect that Ubuntu would have been a
wiser choice. It is light 'out of the box'.

Hope it helps,


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