__/ [eric] on Saturday 14 January 2006 05:39 \__
> 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.
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,
Roy S. Schestowitz
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