Wading into the Linux World

Posted on May 22, 2007. Filed under: Linux, Software, Technology |

Over the past few weeks I have waded into the Linux world. One of the reasons is that I have an old laptop that I am loathe to throw away, if only for sentimental reasons. I thought that Linux might give the old machine a second life.

I downloaded Debian first. Later, I tried Ubuntu. Both are pretty similar. Both run slow as shit on my laptop. And I don’t think it’s the OS per se, either. It’s really the GUIs that slow the box down to the point where I wonder if I running Windows 2000. GNOME is a resource pig. What Linux really needs is a lightweight GUI. According to my understanding, the current GUIs, like KDE and GNOME, run on top of Xfree. In order to get the speed, a new system needs to be developed from scratch. And it needs to become a standard part of every major distro.

The whole point of these operating systems should be that they are superior to their alternatives. It’s not enough just to be free.

The stakes are pretty high. Revenues in hardware and software depend on our old machines being too slow to run new software. If the current trend continues a lot of older machines will have to be tossed. And it can’t be good for the environment to have all that plastic sitting in landfills. The Linux Community needs to address the needs for a lightweight GUI that is independent of xFree.

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    --Alistair Cooke

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