ubuntu/kubuntu is sloooooooow!

Joel Goguen jtgoguen at gmail.com
Mon Aug 13 23:01:02 UTC 2007

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metin wrote:
> I can't give specific numbers regarding performance (I did not make any 
> benchmarking) but when you use a system it is immediately evident 
> whether it is fast performing or not. For example, when you click the 
> k-menu (kde) or gnome-menu it takes up to two seconds for the menu to 
> come up in (k)ubuntu while it is instantaneous in archlinux or pardus. 
> This is more or less valid in every desktop operation. I am using all 
> linuxes on the same machine so my system's specs are not relevant. In 
> case you are curious, I will give the specs anyways:
> processor: amd athlon-xp 2500
> ram: ddr-1024mb
> video card: nvidia 6800xt with nvidia proprietary drivers installed and 
> working
> hard disk capacity: 160gb
> Note:
> 1- I have not tried xubuntu recently. My earlier experience it may be 
> faster than kde/gnome but it is not a consideration here.
> 2- Ubuntu is faster in a faster machine, of course. But the above 
> mentioned distros are even faster than ubuntu on the same machine.
> 3- My considerations are valid in at least four different machines on 
> which I installed and used pardus, archlinux, debian, (k)ubuntu (the 
> order is fastest to slowest in my experience)
> Thank you for responses
Processor: Intel Centrino 1.8GHz
Video card: Intel 945GM Integrated Graphics Controller
HDD capacity: 40GB

The only thing where you don't beat me is RAM - and there we're equal.
I've got Desktop Effects enabled and a bunch of things starting up in
the background (apache2, PostgreSQL, MySQL...), 4 desktops, and even
with a Java IM client, Eclipse, Firefox with 2-8 tabs (more if I'm
distracted :)), and Rhythmbox, my response times are leaps and bounds
beyond what you're describing.  I click on the Gnome menu or K-menu
(yes, I installed kubuntu-desktop just to see) and as best as I can
tell, the menu appears instantly.  I /know/ there's a delay - but I
can't detect it.  Firefox and Eclipse are the slowest things to load,
but Eclipse uses Java, and I'm sure we've all seen the Firefox rants
before :)

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Joel Goguen
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