Alternatives to ubuntu?

Jim Richardson warlock at
Tue Jan 3 21:12:42 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-01-03 at 18:42 +0100, Paul den Hertog wrote:
> Will H. Backman wrote:
> > Filip Svendsen wrote:
> >
> >> I realize this is probably one of the worst possible places to ask
> >> this, but I'm looking for an alternative to Ubuntu. My problem is that
> >> the interface feels so incredibly sluggish. I'm not talking about
> >> startup times of apps, which really doesn't bother me at all; it's the
> >> responsiveness of apps after they've started. In particular firefox is
> >> incredibly slow, compared to under windows 2000.
> >>
> >> I really don't want to go back to windows again, so I'm interested in
> >> if anybody knows how well gnome and firefox runs under for example
> >> gentoo?
> >> Are their other performance-minded distros out there?
> >> -- 
> >> Venlig hilsen
> >> Filip Svendsen
> >>
> >
> > Perhaps the question should be:  How do I troubleshoot performance
> > problems in Ubuntu.
> >
> >
> You could try running a low performance windowmanager such as fluxbox
> instead of gnome.

That might be a valid point if the guy was running on an old PII or
something, but...

In general, I find Ubuntu to be a bit sluggish compared to most other
distros. Part of that is that I use a laptop with a slow drive and IDE
bus. But that's only part. Ubuntu just seems less snappy than other
distros, even using GNOME on them. 

One example. After a while not using the top panel, I click the
Applications menu, and it takes 2-3 seconds for the menu to pop up.
After that, it's fine, and so are the other menus on the top panel. It
appears that it may swap out the menu, and swap back in when accessed,
which is fine, but it's awfully annoying for that few seconds. 

Also, this has gotten better in the recent past, since before, the menus
would jump around as they loaded the little icons, now that doesn't
happen, and the little icons load much faster, so progress is definately
being made. 

Jim Richardson
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris. 
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