Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Last week I finally decided to try another Linux distribution. Even though I started off with Slackware on floppy disks I eventually got really lazy and started to use Ubuntu Linux. I remember those days when I was helping out with the KDE project on the first KDE Beta release. What I remember is my system being fast and also being just how I liked it. Recently I tried running KDE under both Ubuntu and Kubuntu and noticed how slow it ran. It was ver sluggish, even on my Core 2 Duo with 2gigs of ram.
Needless to say I have switch to a more traditional Linux, this time Arch Linux. Arch Linux gives you the old-school feel but lets you be a little bit lazy at the same time. Using the console program pacman you can easy download and install applications for your system. The cool thing is, the application binaries you get are compiled as if you compiled them from source, and they are compiled for Pentium class (i686) and above! With noob distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora or even Debian, you really never know what you are getting as the software comes with everything pre-installed. They also load a ton of additional crap during boot and for your GUI! Arch compiles from the authors source code, not from a modified version, giving you the real deal.