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pclinuxonline: GNOME Clarified

Jun 26, 2002, 19:00 (27 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Yama for this link. ]

"'GNOME is a memory hog and is slow'

"One must be careful to distinguish GTK+ apps from GNOME apps. GNOME provides extensions to the GTK+ toolkit, and brings additional functionality at the expense of a little speed. The KDE analogue of GTK+ is QT. From my own experience, most GNOME apps are faster than comparable KDE apps. Moreover, many "GNOME" apps are really GTK+ apps, while most QT apps also require KDE. While it is true that KDE 3.x is much faster than the 2.x series, I still find GTK+/GNOME apps to be a little faster, even when I'm running KDE.

"There is one big exception to this: Nautilus. Nautilus has been the target of much ridicule since it was released a little over a year ago, and much of this is probably well-deserved. An impressive interface cannot hide the fact that Nautilus is slow and bloated. Nautilus was originally designed by Eazel as a vehicle through which they could sell and deliver services. With venture capital drying up, Eazel were forced to release their creation early in order to secure a revenue stream to keep the company afloat. After that, most of the active development on Nautilus shifted to the GNOME2 version, and the GNOME1 version was left mostly alone. Golden Rule Number One for Improving GNOME Performance is to turn off Nautilus through its preferences menu. As a replacement, you can use GMC, the predecessor of Nautilus. You can even choose not to have a desktop manager at all, freeing RAM in the process. I personally use Endeavour Mark II and Konqueror for my file management.

"There's a silver lining to this story, however: Nautilus 2.0 has been released, and it leaves its predecessor in the dust. It is now integrated into GNOME2, instead of just 'bolted-on', and it is much faster and leaner..."

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