Cutting down the bloat

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Seems like I am not alone in feeling frustrated with current Linux desktop bloat when running on older machines. An article from Bob Marr that was featured on slashdot says basically the same thing.

Anyway the point of this is there are a number of suggestions from the Slashdot story to look into... In approximate order of popularity (and ignoring commercial distributions that you can't download for free):

Most of these are just window managers, some are full desktop tools. Anyway I intend to try some to see how they fare ... no point in having a system so slow as to be practically unusable. Some seemed to suggest that using konqueror without the rest of KDE, and one of the above would work well. A review of Linux desktops has a good list of resource requirements for fluxbox, xfce, KDE, Gnome. Another idea would be using kdrive instead of a full X server...

On a related note, read this interview with the CEO of Centaur about creating not-so-fast not-so-power-hungry not-so-expensive x86 processors for VIA. Good stuff - would be great to see more of these being used in South Africa.

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