Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 18, 2005 11:46 PM
Thank you for writing this review. I actually have tried both Linspire 4.5 and 5.0 on 128MB DRAM. Gawd, was it slow, and this was on 1.3GHz and 2GHz CPUs! Your VIA C3 CPU is indeed fast enough for it (I quite like the chip), however, my discovery is that anything running pretty much any version of either GNOME or KDE really needs DRAM. I tried out FreeBSD with KDE 3.1 on an AMD K6-450 CPU a while back. You'd think it'd be slow, but I had 512MB DRAM, so it ran at a decent clip, even with OpenOffice.org and Mozilla SeaMonkey. I've seen the same thing happen on GNU/Linux platforms; 128MB DRAM = slow, 256MB DRAM = considerably better, but 512MB DRAM = fast.
As for the Linspire versions that I ran in 128MB DRAM? I bumped up the DRAM to 512MB, and things were much, much better. Perhaps SimplyMepis is more efficient; I've not yet used it. However, for anyone running on 128MB DRAM, I would recommend a lighter desktop, something like XFce or IceWM.
I would *definitely* not recommend SuSE Linux 9.x for such low DRAM. I run SuSE 9.1 and 9.2, and I love them both, but again, I've got high DRAM (512MB on both the SuSE 9.1 desktop box and on the SuSE 9.2 laptop). Bump up your DRAM, and yes, SuSE Linux 9.x makes a very fine OS for laptops. And wireless config is much improved, much like Linspire's is.