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Linux and Main: Ximian GNOME on a Low-Resources Machine

Mar 22, 2002, 13:02 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"If there is an overarching scandal in the Linux sphere, it is how we've let performance go straight to hell.

"Hear me out. It's true that we have all kinds of nifty desktops and applications. This is great. It is also, sadly, true that as the capacity of hardware has increased -- bigger drives, more memory, faster processors, an actual reduction in price -- coding has fallen slack. We do just about the same stuff at just about the same speed, even though our machines should, if the coding standard of even two or three years ago were in place, literally scream with speed.

"KDE3, soon to be released, does marginally more than KDE-1.x did. Yes, there are improvements. But KDE-1.x would run compile from source in about two hours on a Pentium-133 with 64 megs of memory, and when it was done compiling it would run snappily on the same hardware. Today's KDE3 release candidate takes eight hours on an Athlon running at 1.2 gHz with 768 megs of RAM. And when it is compiled, it runs just about as quickly as KDE-1.x did on that P-133..."

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