On 10 May 2005 14:09:35 EDT
I ran Sun's Gnome 2.0 on a 1.75GB 2x360MHz U60 and two Elite3DM3s with
acceptable speed; jitter when sliding large windows, but pretty smooth
when dragging RealPlayer around. The box ran Mozilla with lots of tabs,
Sylpheed, SunPCI I, 10 to 12 terminal windows, StarOffice 7 and lots of
gvim windows, all without breaking a sweat. And with 8 virtual desktops
I never used Eclipse, but Java applications such as NetBeans showed
less than stellar performance. Once they were running all was OK,
but starting them was slow.
I tried running 4 virtual desktops on a 1.4GHz WinXP box, and found
it so slow (switching back to a browser window would take 15-20
seconds of intense disk activity, even when there was no shortage
of memory) that I was never tempted to switch. Windows 2K seems to
be less swap-happy.
This should be about twice as fast as the U60, which would be
both significant and noticeable, IMHO.
I've upgraded to a 2x900MHz/Cu Blade 2000, and it flies compared to the
U60. I still use an Elite3Dm3 frame buffer (I compared the Elite3D,
Expert3D Lite, and Creator 3D series 3, and found the Elite3D to give
the best image and apparent performance). I suggest getting at least
2GB of RAM, or even 4GB.
The Blade leaves my 1.4GHz Duron (1GB RAM, Windows XP) in the dust.
I run several large Java applications at once (NetBeans, Java Studio
Creator, SMC), plus a raft of Gnome 2.8 applications such as Bluefish,
Planner, lots of terminal windows, 20-40 gvim sessions, Firefox,
Sylpheed, Sun's compilers etc. Gnome 2.8 is slower than Gnome 2.0,
mostly due to the anti-aliased fonts, but it remains very usable,
and looks far better on an LCD monitor.
As complexity rises, precise statements lose meaning,
and meaningful statements lose precision. -- Lotfi Zadeh