> >Netscape 4.0.x for Linux is a super-bloated app. It is statically
> >linked to Motif which is one inefficient bloat of a GUI
> I also gave up using Netscape 4 and installed the 3 version which is
> (a little) less bloated. Thanks for the info about Qtscape, I'll try
> it some days.
> Back to the speed question : I wonder if some of the utilities in Red
> Hat written with Tcl/Tk, Python or Perl are not a bit disappointing in
> terms of speed. May be it misled the first time users who then find
> that X is slow.
Maybe you didn't see the whole thread but all my postings
reference the fact that linux-x vs Win-95 is pitting a single
user system against a networking type OS, as in NT. However the
issue of disk performance is the IMO the biggest shortcoming of
Linux vs even NT. All the bench marking that I've seen show NT
considerable faster with =<10 networked stations. As the number
of network connections increases linux catches up or exceeds NT.
This is of little consolation to the casual desktop user, who is
expecting linux the blow away Win-95 in terms of performance on
equivalent machines. It clearly does not.
Could linux be set up to better optimize disk performance for
single user desktop operations?
BTW, The Netscape 4.0X argument is silly. Win-95/Nt's version has
the same or greater code bloat as the Linux version. 17Megs vs
about 12Meg and that's compressed.
In these days of fast CPU's, the differences between video & job
or task switching is generally way beyond any visual perception.
However, differences in disk performance, stick out like a sore
Quote:> Also I think the comparison with W95 is a bit unfair ; perhaps it's
> better to compare with NT which requirements and possibilities are
> more on a same level than Linux/Xfree. And startup of NT needs more
> seconds than for NT isn't it ?
PS. Don't get me wrong. I really like linux but unless we bring
out it's weaknesses, it won't get any better. Here's a short list
and I could care less about networking capabilities, other than
one shouldn't have to edit a dot file to change things.
1) Poor single user disk performance.
2) Poorly integrated GUI's. (getting better, thanks to KDE)
3) Crappy looking fonts. needs TT or other anti aliasing fonts.
4) Can't Use anything but older mainly HP ink jet printers.
Caldera is better than RedHat is this respect.
5) Weak sound support. RedHat's not bad but Caldera quits at
6) Unless your video card is = or older than 1 year, no support.
7) Peripheral Scanners, removable drives, TV cards and other
multimedia stuff is virtually unsupported, (out of the box) so to
8) DHCP and PPP support are included but getting them working is
9) Documentation is geared for and written by programmers, with
many assumptions or 'sub out' to other docs, taken for granted.
10)Too much security stuff for single desktop users. This could
be easily set in RedHat and others distributions.
11)Many tout the fact the Linux is free and this is true, unless
you want any serious printer or scanner precompiled support.
12 I don't do a lot of games but it seems that this is an area
that Linux could really shine but it doesn't, other than
hackneyed or also ran stuff. Doom is about three years old now
13. Other than StarOffice, $Corel/Wordperfect$, no serious Office
14. Future packages should included functional Wine or Wabbe, out
of the box, like OS2. Macs.
15. No Fat32 support yet, although there are patches. RH 5.1
With cheap released X86 BE-OS in the stores a couple of months
away, Linux could get shuffled back to you pure nerds, real fast