Sugar & XFCE
Lerc at screamingduck.com
Fri Dec 5 19:58:26 EST 2008
On Fri, 2008-12-05 at 19:37 +0800, Carlos Nazareno wrote:
> These days, 433MHz may seem unusable to the average Moore's
> law-spoiled user, but it was more than enough for me who grew up on a
> 4.77MHz 8088 as a kid (yeah, that's nothing to you guys over here who
> are older :P), a Pentium 166 MMX with 64MB RAM in college during the
> late 90s, and then an AMD K6-2 500 w/ 256MB RAM as my primary
> workstation during the early 2000's.
> That K6-2 500 w/ 256MB RAM's specs are practically the same as the
> XO's and performs more or less the same as proven by this circa 2003
> experiment of mine: http://www.object404.com/lab/aquarium.php -- it
> runs at practically the same speed on the XO as my aforementioned K6-2
> Win98 rig
That doesn't change the fact that using the XO is like walking neck deep
I absolutely agree that the machine is up to doing good performance. It
dismays me to see things like the scrolling of a static web page in
browse can't keep up with keypresses. The real problem there is it's
hard to isolate the slowness, I think largely due to the fact that the
problems aren't isolated.
Is there any central repository for information about where the speed is
I'd like to help out here, and I've tried, but it has been very
difficult. When looking at things I have encountered things like "Why
don't you use [thing], that should do it the best way" only to find
[thing] needs help from an experienced [thing] hacker to work
efficiently in this case.
Much of the time [thing] has been cairo or X. but I think that's only
because of the areas I've tried to work.
I'm still reminded of using GEOworks Ensemble on a 286. It could do so
much with so little and the XO seems to do so little with so much more.
Not blaming anyone in particular, but I've been trying to work on this
stuff and I have to vent my frustration every six months or so.
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