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Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by karupoiss, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. karupoiss

    karupoiss Elite Member

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    I am using Windows 7 but it is pretty slow after I have many tabs opened and freezes a lot. I guess my computer is just getting too old for web (5 years old laptop). I was watching some videos and saw that Fedora 21 seems quite pretty with cool desktop user interface. I also heard that Fedora 21 is faster and demands less than Windows 7.

    Are there people here using Linux (better if you are using gnome shell)? Is it better than Windows 7? I am not frightened by command shell etc, I have used linux in the past but not the last 2-3 years.
     
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    purely depends on your usage. if you are binded with windows softwares then its the only way.. y don u try to upgrade your laptop? or use windows XP or give a try to win 8?

    linux is but tough to use.. i am windows user.
     
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    if your computer get slow it needs more ram/cpu
    go with debian and xfce
    that will speed things up
     
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    arch + lxde, it'll feel like having a new machine... ;)
     
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    I have tried ubuntu and mandrake but really couldn't find a good use of it. If you have time and energy to learn linux then go for it, but I would rather buy a new computer.
     
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    I don't know the specs on your current machine. But i would look into cleaning it out, and upgrading it if its worth it. If not I would just look into getting a new machine. Computers are a dime a dozen right now. ;)
     
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    Format the hard drive, and reinstall windows and it should run very fast.

    Windows 7 was released almost when your computer was made, so it should run it well.
     
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    The pc runs ok when I restart it and run ccleaner. It starts lagging when I have like 20 tabs open in my chrome. I actually wanted to know more about if people here use linux and is it as competent as Win.
     
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    always free more than 40GB space for your C drive(windows drive)
    use ccleaner for clear all cache/cookies
     
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    How much % of your ram are using when you have 20 tabs open?
     
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    These are all the signs of fragmented hard disk.
    Free up the disk space so you have more than 30% free space on Boot partition aka C: Drive by uninstalling unwanted programs/moving unimportant files to external hard drive,etc..,
    Uninstall unwanted chrome extensions.
    Defragment the hard disk.

    If you want to keep your laptop and still want to fulfill the need for speed, spare a $100 and replace the HDD with a 64/128GB SSD and double the system memory and if your budget is tight, upgrading to SSD alone will give you a great boost in performance and you won't experience any lag ever again even if you open 40+ Tabs while playing a Blu-Ray movie in the background on MPC.
     
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    It's slow because of your hardware. Upgrade more RAM and change HDD to SSD and you should be good to go. Unless your processor sucks.

    Take it from IT engineer & hardcore Linux user

    Linux is much better but the best distro's are definitely not for people with no computer skills ;)
     
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    I swear by all things Debian. Currently, my newish laptop runs Kubuntu and my ten year old desktop runs Linux mint with xfce. Neither computers have spectacular hardware but they both run like they're new. Keep calm and sudo on mate.
     
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    I upgraded my old hdd dual core laptop with SSD 120 GB and it boots up faster than i5.

    The best purchase I made for lat couple years - replacing HDD with SSD.

    If you once go SSD you will never come back to HDD , in this case you can trust me 100 % my friend :)
     
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    Mate, go with Linux Mint.

    I myself changed 2 months ago because of the same reason, and I couldn't have imagined it to be better. It's really really simple. I've even replaced Windows completely now.

    Mint also has a great community, so you'll find for every common problem you might have, directly a tutorial for it.

    Another thing with Windows is that, it's bad design from the beginning. Sooner or later you just have to reinstall the system, nothing else helps. With Linux, it always stays like on the same day.

    Occasionaly I run some tools in Wine, with that you can run exe's. For everything else I have a cheap Windows VPS.

    I use it on a SSD btw, but even on HDD it will be way faster.
     
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    Much agreed, Linux Mint is by far the most community supported and runs fast even on the lowest of specification computers. However, for servers, I tend to use CentOS 6 since it serves it's purpose and is one of the only few Linux distributions which support cPanel.
     
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    I use Ubuntu and have for years for normal use... Linux is just rock solid and customizeable to my liking. There is a learning curve if you haven't used before, but its worth it IMO. I do keep a windows computer around for running tools that are made for windows though... :( Some things made for windows just work well on ... windows...
     
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    Have you opened up your PC and sprayed it with canned air? All that dust builds up and causes it to heat up and this in turn slows it down because things clock down. But yeah I'd just wipe it completely.