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    Debian is slow...


    ...on the "old" computer.

    The OS is Debian GNU/Linux Etch Stable.

    System Specs:
    PII Processor
    256MB RAM
    20GB HD
    Mostly generic parts.

    It's an old PC, but it was running faster with Microsoft Windows XP, which I'm disappointed. Anyone have a clue?

    Thanks in advance, Chadders.
    That's my two pence worth.

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    I think it depends on what you have installed. You might consider using lightweight software, such as Xfce or Fluxbox for your desktop instead of gnome or kde.

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    Which Desktop Enviroment are you using? there are a lot of services that you can stop to increase performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils_casper
    Which Desktop Enviroment are you using? there are a lot of services that you can stop to increase performance.
    I am using Gnome.
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    I you want a speedy system, the ideal is to install Debian selecting just the standard system, so not the desktop environment package. See what I mean.

    Once you have a base system installed, you can tailor your own custom minimal desktop. So something like that would do:

    Code:
    aptitutde install -R xorg alsa-base xfce4 iceweasel
    Or with Gnome:
    Code:
    aptitude install -R xorg alsa-base gnome-core iceweasel
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    Gnome will quickly chew through your available ram, I second switching to xfce. There are other tweaks you can do.

    Here is a good link for tweaks to do that I found helpful--
    http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=7314

    Out of those I found useful:
    * disabling unnecessary services with sysvconfig
    * changing ext3's journaling to writeback
    * prelinking apps (and see the post about setting it as a cron job)

    If you want to stick with gnome, you might find useful changing file managers. Nautilus is slow, see the post on that in this thread http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.p...r=asc&start=15

    I personally rec scrapping gnome altogether for xfce or icewm+rox or fvwm2-crystal+rox. You should be able to find these all in synaptic.

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    Also,

    -mount your partitions with the noatime option
    -use 16 bits color depth in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    -use preload for automatic prelinking of applications
    -etc.
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    Preload-- nice! I didn't know about that program. Well that's better than manually setting up prelinking.

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    its very easy to disable unnecessary service in KDE ( kcontrol ) but in GNOME you can use 'sysvconfig' to do the same. nice tips by antidrugue and mahlerfan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antidrugue
    Also,

    -mount your partitions with the noatime option
    -use 16 bits color depth in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    -use preload for automatic prelinking of applications
    -etc.
    Thanks everyone.
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