Just though I would put this as a comparison, as it does not concern Gnome
at all I have put it on a different thread. A comparison of startup times
for various software and hardware configs in the end would probably be
MB ASUS P6X58D Premium
CPU I7 960 at 3.2ghz (not overclocked)
memory 3 x 4 gig modules
(cat /proc/meminfo reports MemTotal: 12461480 kB)
Harddisks WD 160g cavair blue, WD 1Tb Cavair black, home drive is a 160g
Kernel Linux version 126.96.36.199 custom compiled 32 bit
Linux distribution Debian 6.0x 32 bit with all current updates
Windomanager good old fvwm, with a somewhat modified "fvwm-dorothy"
config (Note 1)
Shell access in X is by mrxvt
System has no external network access, ie a standalone system, Debian
being configured to disable all external access's such as DNS look ups.
Boot time from LILO prompt, 18 secs
X system startup using startx 3 secs
Note 1: The "fvwm-dorothy" config is a highly graphical config for fvwm
that is quite widely variable and quite good looking and I use my own
backgrounds dsplayed with qiv. One can easily change the graphics to suit
ones mood. I have altered some of the functions, keyboard and mouse
bindings to suit myself.
Note 2: Just in case, fvwm is one of the older windowmangers and has had
some bad press in more recent times as it requires a good deal of work on
the text based config file, it being one of the most configurable
windowmangers on the planet, both graphicly and in behaiour and operation.
One can get it to do and behave in almost any way as long as one is
willing to put the work into the config file. Its sort of the unix command
line of the windowmanagers, not really for the average joe looking for an
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