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#1 2023-09-05 11:54:21

dotw
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fastest xfce based distro?

my pc is very old. more than 10 years to be specific. I was wondering which xfce based distro is the fastest and most suited for my PC?

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#2 2023-09-06 15:38:28

ds
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Re: fastest xfce based distro?

Hello. My laptop is a very old one too (a lowly 2nd gen Intel i3 from 2013) and I've tried many many distros before settle down on Manjaro. I think Manjaro's XFCE is very polished, if not the most, and everything works real hassle-free so far. Granted, I've downloaded EndeavourOS but haven't install it yet because I think this Manjaro already fits my needs best. You may want to check that out as well.

Moreover, my other Linux PC is even lower spec, a classic Intel Atom D2700 with 4GB of RAM and the best one I could find is PeppermintOS, based on Debian. I've even tried old-school Trinity DE of Q4OS, but XFCE is actually snappier and smoother, a tiny bit faster than KDE 5 too. In my experience PeppermintOS is the one that works best on that weakling mini PC... and I've tried quite a lot. Mind you, it has some rather unique quirks but nothing that can't be fixed easily.

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#3 2023-09-07 02:22:57

dotw
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Re: fastest xfce based distro?

ds wrote:

Moreover, my other Linux PC is even lower spec, a classic Intel Atom D2700 with 4GB of RAM and the best one I could find is PeppermintOS, based on Debian.

thanks for the suggestion. However, have you used MX linux 23 xfce? I heard that it is even snappier and lighter than peppermint os

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#4 2023-09-07 05:39:09

ds
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Re: fastest xfce based distro?

I've tried MX Linux and I didn't notice any difference in snappiness. In fact, I don't notice any difference on any of the XFCE dekstops. It's just some distros may have a few small hiccups for a very old, very weak PC that you have to fix by yourself. PeppermintOS just happened to have a flawless installation on my particular system, but it also have it's own set of... uh, roughness around the edges. I'd say, it's definitely not as polished as Manjaro's XFCE.

That said, MX Linux doesn't use systemd (by default) and from my little experience, systemd-based systems boot a tiny bit faster on mine, not that I measured it or anything, just by my feeling from using it day-to-day (I always boot up and shutdown my PCs every time.)

You can always just try them; there are too many variables and preferences. Manjaro, MX Linux, PeppermintOS are just some good starting points.

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#5 2024-03-15 14:32:28

Gans
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Registered: 2024-03-15
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Re: fastest xfce based distro?

Throwing Slackware-based Salix OS into the ring.
Running Salix 14.2 successfully on a 2010 Intel Atom based netbook with a 1,6 GHz dual core and only 1 GB of RAM. The current 15.0 would be too much for it though.
Most snappiness achieved through using an SSD in those old machines.

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#6 2024-03-15 17:34:34

jaywilkas
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Registered: 2021-06-05
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Re: fastest xfce based distro?

For Intel CPUs "Clear Linux" should be the fastest.
Benchmark

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#7 2024-03-15 20:53:06

eight.bit.al
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Registered: 2022-06-09
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Re: fastest xfce based distro?

Hands down Void Linux.

2³bit


Fight against surveillance capitalism.

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#8 2024-03-15 22:18:45

eriefisher
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From: ON, Canada
Registered: 2008-10-25
Posts: 407

Re: fastest xfce based distro?

I run Siduction with Xfce4 on an old 8 core i5 and it's pretty quick. Boots in seconds. In a VM on this machine I run Siduction with a stand alone XFWM and a handful Xfce4 utilities and it seems even faster. The rest are preferred packages that are small and quick and GTK based. I avoid KDE and QT apps.


Siduction
Debian Sid
Xfce 4.18

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