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Rime

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Hello Everyone!
« on: June 03, 2009, 07:18:53 am »
I installed Vector as a substitute for xubuntu.  My wife took a leap because I'm too tired to skirt around licenses, so she tried ubuntu as an alternative to buying a license for XP.

Since her experiment went well enough(I swear that I thought Linux was supposed to be a buzzword for efficiency and do-it-yourself computing, I couldn't believe that XP could actually outperform edubuntu in several cases), I decided that I'd experiment on one of my old boxes and try out WINE for some of the old games that I still play, like Diablo 2.

Being 500MHz machine, even a light version of ubuntu was unbearable.  So, while surfing the web for lightweight Linux kernels, Vector was in the list.  Although the ubuntu forumites kept suggesting "upgrade, upgrade, upgrade!"  I don't understand why I should run out and shell $400 in upgrades just so I can enjoy some legacy gaming.  Especially if the hardware runs fine.

So, I took Vector Light and gave it a spin.  I dropped WINE on it and although I do get slideshows when there's 100-150 animated sprites on the screen in my game, all in all, I like how it runs.  At least I can browse without random crashing like I was getting with 98, and I can leave the computer running overnight without having to worry about the OS dying.

Last week, I took another 500MHz endtable, and I'm playing around with full, and I'm liking the performance consistency between the two.

Cheers, looks like Vector is going to have a place here for a long, long while. :)

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009, 08:07:35 am »
Being 500MHz machine, even a light version of ubuntu was unbearable.
I can imagine, but the speed may have more to do with how much RAM you have in that box, rather than the processor speed. Xubuntu has a lot more background processes running than VL does, and hence consumes more RAM. Once you start needing to use swap space (for instance when you load a large program such as FF or OO it starts to feel like you've just driven into a huge bowl of jelly).
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Although the ubuntu forumites kept suggesting "upgrade, upgrade, upgrade!"
Ubuntu users are starting to sound awfully like Windows users aren't they! ;-)
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  I don't understand why I should run out and shell $400 in upgrades just so I can enjoy some legacy gaming.  Especially if the hardware runs fine.
A 1GB RAM stick can be had for $20 at some places these days - a verfy cheap and worthwhile upgrade perhaps?


Welcome to the VL communitiy - I hope you enjoy your experiences here and with VL in general....

Larry
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Rime

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 08:46:22 am »
I'll look into it.  I think I've tried running 512MB of RAM in these before and they refused to boot up for some weird reason (and one of those sticks is a 16 chip).  These boxes I have are 100-133MHz, so no DDR for me, but I haven't started looking yet and I'm not in a huge hurry, either.

Thanks for the advice.  At least I have an avenue.