[TriLUG] My slow linux machine
jon at jonathanhassell.com
Mon Feb 16 09:58:08 EST 2004
This might not be what you'd want to hear, but I've found upgrading to
Fedora will increase your application and OS response times
considerably. I think someone else posted this experience as well in
the last week or so.
From: trilug-bounces at trilug.org [mailto:trilug-bounces at trilug.org] On
Behalf Of James McDermott
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2004 1:52 PM
To: trilug at trilug.org
Subject: [TriLUG] My slow linux machine
This is my 1st ever post and I am a newbe.
I am running RedHat 9 on a Micron Millennia Mme box that has a 233 Mhz
procesor, 256 MB RAM (Max Allowed), and an IBM 6.4 GB Ultra DMA /33 IDE
hard drive. The machine only has linux installed (no windows, no dual
When I start an application, it takes considerable time to load the
application. Mozilla(1.2.1) takes about 8 seconds, GIMP(1.2.5) takes
about 15 seconds, OpenOfficeWriter takes about 25 seconds. The system
monitor is showing that memory is using about 246MB out of 250MB and
swap is using 29MB out of 510MB.
I do see where my CPU utilization goes to 100% while an application is
being started or while it is shutting down.
After Mozilla, OpenOffice writer, GIMP etc. are open, the response times
are not fast, but if you have some patience, the response times are
marginally acceptable. I can have many applications open and not exceed
my available RAM or use any significant SWAP.
I think that my problem is that I am a slow linux machine because I am
What is the recommended CPU speed to get decent performance? I would
like to see OpenOffice come up in less than about 5 seconds.
Thanks, Jim McDermott
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