Thursday, November 15, 2007

Elightenment for speed? Not really!

I have, in the past, used KDE 3.5 on a AMD K6-2 machine at 420MHz. The system has 256MB of RAM and was my DVR. It had an original ATI All-In-Wonder for video and TV, and a 20GB HD. KDE would start in less time with more features enabled than on most modern machines. This was usually around... 20 seconds.

It should be noted that I used NetBSD as my core OS, though I don't think that the difference should make a difference. If Linux is too slow or the GNU libc is too slow to facilitate starting KDE from "startx" to fully loaded in 20 seconds, then we got a serious problem.

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