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SuSE Linux Demonstrates Old PCs Still Have Use - page 5

From The Out Of His Mind Department

  • May 12, 2003
  • By Rob Reilly

The performance of SuSE 8.2 on this old 133 Mhz Pentium wasn't that bad, especially considering that most of the time spent waiting is when an application initially loads. After the apps are running, waiting for screen paints and switching between window panes is fairly minimal. Through the magic of a multi-tasking, multi-user operating system like Linux, most users would just load the applications and then leave the machine on all the time. That's what I do and just click between windows and desktops as needed. Normally, I run six desktop screens and put an application in each one. Here are some load numbers.

Load Times On 133 Mhz Pentium With SuSE 8.2 Pro and 64 MB Ram
Description Load Time Subsequent Load Time
SuSE Boot Screen to Login 2 min 30 sec
Login Screen to KDE 3.1 Operational 2 min. 18 sec
Startup of OpenOffice.org 1 min. 30 sec 1 min. 27 sec
Startup of Konqueror 40 sec 20 sec
Startup of Mozilla 1 min. 3 sec 31 sec
Startup of The Gimp 30 sec 20 sec
Load 750 Kb Jpeg File into The Gimp 20 sec 20 sec

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