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  1. #1
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    Linuxoids out there? I need a general information

    Hey there.
    I have a general question to all Linuxoids out there.
    The problem: every linux distro I ever installed on my PC worked relatively bad.
    I did manage to get Debian running relatively well and at some point Mandrake 9.2 but even they don't work as good as windows XP for example.
    Now, I'm no expert in this and I sure missed something but my question is:
    Is it something I didn't get to work well, or hardware problems or Linux is generally supposed to work slower than Windows and my experience is usual?
    When I say slow I mean response times, when I open a browser it takes time to load.
    General graphical feel, the way it all moves is slower. There are many graphical lags like if you move a window it usually has a lag and all that.

    Any comments on this? Is it possible to get Linux to work as fast as Windows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Northern View Post
    Mandrake 9.2
    If you are using an ancient distro, it's not fair to expect it to work well today. Same way as Windows 2000 refusing to boot on modern hardware.

    As a Debian user myself (who has both ancient and modern hardware), I have no problems. My old-as-the-hills Lexmark 2030 series printer works perfectly, as does my new Logitech webcam, Epson scanner, and nVidia graphics card.

    Ubuntu is good if you are looking to try Linux again.

    Any one final word: never trust anyone whose signature links to the Windows Server "Compare" campaign for a fair comparison of Windows vs Linux. At the very least, they are a "fanboy". As worst, a MS shill...
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    Well, I don't use Mandrake 9.2 anymore. I have the latest Debian.
    I do have a question though, when you say you have no problems you mean that the system works as fast as Windows in terms of window opening and lags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Northern View Post
    Well, I don't use Mandrake 9.2 anymore. I have the latest Debian.
    I do have a question though, when you say you have no problems you mean that the system works as fast as Windows in terms of window opening and lags?
    You mean "unstable/sid"? And to answer your question, I find it performs better than XP on my hardware.
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    Wow, then it could be the drivers or something

    Well thanks for your response

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Northern View Post
    Wow, then it could be the drivers or something

    Well thanks for your response
    No problem. I may be able to help, if you can tell me what hardware you are using (peripherals, CPU, motherboard, graphics, etc).
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    If you feel linux feels "laggy" when running X11 (IE pretty much all desktop distributions) it's due to a very important security feature:

    Our shells aren't built into the kernel like a certain OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorophose View Post
    If you feel linux feels "laggy" when running X11 (IE pretty much all desktop distributions) it's due to a very important security feature:

    Our shells aren't built into the kernel like a certain OS.
    That is complete BS....
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    I've never experienced any "lag" myself, but I have a friend who seems to fanatically believe he does, so it's the only explanation incase somebody thinks they're experiencing lags...

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    Use linux on 3 desktops and a laptop. Never experienced any lag.

    Do you have an ATI card or an nvidia card? In Linux Land that makes a big difference.

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    try a small live linux cd : puppy linux

    if you have enough RAM, it can run totally in RAM.
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