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Re: Running GNOME with 128 MB RAM - Painfully slow?



You could also try Tiny Core Linux. http://www.tinycorelinux.com/
I haven't used it much myself, but I've heard it described as "the
next Damn Small Linux".

On 5 April 2010 00:20, Greg Madden <gomadtroll@acsalaska.net> wrote:
> On Sunday 04 April 2010 08:28:53 pm Tech Geek wrote:
>> >You can try adding swap but I doubt it will help much as the disk is so
>> > old
>>
>> and slow
>> The hard drive is quite recent and supports up to UDMA2 speeds although I
>> too think that adding swap space won't make a difference.
>>
>> >Adding another 128MB or 256MB of memory would probably help the most with
>>
>> that system
>> Unfortunately there is no option to upgrade the memory on the system. Also
>> I forgot to mention that it is a 800 MHz system:
>> debian:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
>> processor       : 0
>> vendor_id       : Vortex86 SoC
>> cpu family      : 5
>> model           : 2
>> model name      : 05/02
>> stepping        : 2
>> cpu MHz         : 800.041
>> fdiv_bug        : no
>> hlt_bug         : no
>> f00f_bug        : no
>> coma_bug        : no
>> fpu             : yes
>> fpu_exception   : yes
>> cpuid level     : 1
>> wp              : yes
>> flags           : fpu tsc cx8
>> bogomips        : 1600.08
>> clflush size    : 32
>> cache_alignment : 32
>> address sizes   : 32 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
>> power management:
>>
>> Based on my specs (800 MHz CPU and 128 MB RAM) and [1], I still should be
>> able to operate GNOME and some of the apps. However even opening gedit
>> brings the system to crawl which is so surprising. I will add some swap and
>> see if that makes a difference although I am not counting on it based on my
>> past expereince.
>>
>> [1] http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.0/#performance
>
> XFCE, Fluxbox, et. al. are a better way to do a  gui system with specs like that
> Don't install anything with 'Gnome' in the package name, or "K/KDE'.   Apps that
> use GTK libraries without the Gnome stuff maybe.
>
> 'Damn Small Linux' does minimal installs., which are hard to duplicate with more
> mainstream distro's.
> --
> Peace
>
> Greg Madden
>
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