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Re: want to speed up laptop



On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:46:44PM -0400, Michael Yang wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 8:26 AM, jeffry s <paragasu@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 10:11 AM, Rich Healey
> > <healey.rich@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Chris Bannister wrote:
> > > > On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 09:12:06AM -0500, Preston Boyington
> > > > wrote:
> > > >> Chris Bannister wrote: <snipped>
> > > >>> Where are your bottlenecks?
> > > >> currently my two biggest bottlenecks are with the networking
> > > >> and the MTA.  i installed "ifplugd" and set a faster timeout
> > > >> for the network and that has helped.  i don't really "need" a
> > > >> MTA for my laptop and will be looking for some alternative.
> > > >> have thought about just removing Exim and dealing with whatever
> > > >> dependency issues arise.  i can always just look at the log
> > > >> files for info if i need to.
> > > >
> > > > I think that is a DNS lookup issue.
> > > >
 >
> > use xfce4 instead of  gnome or kde. it help a lot.  my laptop is old
> > via c3 processor. run more happy with xfce. using gnome will take
> > some time to open window especially  nautilus use so much resource.
> >
> 
> I'm using xfce4 now. It seems to me it's also getting slower (been
> using for a long time now), I'm wondering if there's any tools to
> analyze the system performance?

xfce used to use gtk1.  It now uses gtk2 which is far more bloated which
makes it slower.  It also uses more memory.  Try running top in an xterm
and see what's happening.  Look especially for wait% which refers to
waiting for I/O and check swap.  On my old boxes, most things hit swap.

Icewm does not, and OpenBox may not either.  You could try those.

Doug.


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