Loving Linux but its a bit slow
Just installed RedHat 8.0 for the first time cos i was fed up with Win98 (need i say that its S**T!)
At first i didnt install KDE and i thought it was rubbish but then i realised that i hadnt installed it by looking on google and its wicked now :)
Everything is running perfectly. I managed to get mp3 working and gnutella and almost everything i did in windows but better :D
Im also liking XMMS cos i loved winamp and didnt want to change my player - also i think because the driver is open source i get much better sound under linux than windows
Only one problem - everything runs a bit slow
Pentium 2 400Mhz
256Mb IAS (RAM if you must)
Linux native partition is on an old 3Gb drive (size = 3gig minus 512 Mb (Swap) and 1 mb boot)
512 swap (this IS correct isnt it or does linux use a different calculation to windows?)
8mb intel i740 graphics card (it sucks)
Im no newb when it comes to computers so i think that the hard drive is the problem cos its quite old
Is there anything i can do to optimise it?
Also its not much of a problem but my NIC (D-Link DFE538TX) is showing up under a different name. Will this affect performance compared to the companys drivers (source on the cd provided by dlink (yes they are linux)) should i bother the trouble of getting them working when the card works OK at the moment?
Linux too slow? Try this...
Redhat's compiled for i386 systems, and also has a lot of stuff loaded into it. Same with Mandrake, although the new mandrake has a faster compiler and is optimized for Pentiums.
For newbies, I would suggest Yoper. I just installed it, and it works great, and is very fast. It's one cd, the install is pretty darn simple (although text based, but still comparable to Mandrake et al)...
It's optimized for i686 systems, and just comes with KDE 3.1, Mozilla, and essential things. I just need to get the packaging system down, and I'll be set. It uses both RPM and APT.