[SOLVED] Suggest me a Performance Distro.
The last time I posted, it was an year ago, and I became a linux user, ubuntu specifically, thanks to the users here who helped me. Back then I was an ultra newbie, and had no experience with anything. Now, I am an intermediate level power user, and I use ubuntu almost exclusively. I corrupted windows, and I am too lazy to install it again because I am using ubuntu and it keeps me satisfied. I am also comfortable with some other distros via Live CDs, which I hoard.
Back then, I had the hardware configuration of Intel Pentium4 Northwood(or perhaps prescott. it IS hot, but no HT) 2.66GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 256mb DDR 400MHz RAM, 80GB Samsung HDD, Intel D915GLVG motherboard with onboard RealTek ALC 880 audio and Onboard GMA 900 Video, and a DVD-Combo drive.
The only upgrade my system has got since then is an upgrade to a DVD-RAM drive.
But linux has changed and so have I. I find ubuntu waaaay too slow. After using feisty for an year, I installed hardy a few weeks back and I must say it sucks big time. Gnome 2.22.2 is waaaaaaaay too slow. KDE3.5 is good, but my RAM isn't enough to multitask in it. Xfce is too bloated on ubuntu. So I ended up using my own self created DE, comprising of IceWM as window manager with TrueCurve theme and edited menus, Konqueror as default browser and file manager(it loads quickly under IceWM, faster than nautilus on gnome) and Kaffeine as media player. I use KDE for eyecandy and while doing non-multitasking work. I use Gnome after replacing Nautilus with PCManFM and Firefox with Epiphany and with a tuned up startup. But I am too pissed off with ubuntu for words. It seems that I need atleast 512mb ram now, and I have no intention of upgrading. Gnome 2.22 offers me no noticable improvement in performance or feautres (actually a decrease in performance) over Gnome 2.18.
I am ditching ubuntu. And gnome. Its UI is waaaay too n00bish and its performance is certainly not meeting my expectations.:mad:
Please suggest me a better distro. I intend to use KDE, Xfce and IceWM. I have shortlisted Arch, Knoppix 5.3, Debian, Zenwalk and Vector. I find all equally impressive.
I am edging more towards Knoppix 5.3 DVD instead of debian because its just debian pre configured. So I *might* just leave debian out. Please advice me weather to do it or not. I am impressed with the array of apps knoppix provides me, but I don't know if after installing I may get the same experience with software in repository. Apt-Get is familiar territory to me, and since I have my /home directory in a seperate partition, I only need to install and run a giant apt script to reinstall what ever I currently have installed.:cool:
And I heard arch needs no distribution upgrades, so its really worth having as a full time main OS.
Zenwalk and Vector are the best Slackware derivatives. But which is better ? I find Vector more impressive in looks and its certainly much more polished. But Zenwalk is a bit different; its UI is plain but it has some neat apps. I need a stable Xfce environment. Also, I noticed that Vector bundles JWM, FluxBox and other unnessary bloats. I intend to keep TWM and just install IceWM(which is better than fluxbox according to my testing and experience).:|