How come SLitaz is so fast? In my experience Slitaz is a lot faster than lubuntu on slow computers, but why is that? Is it very much modified or do you leave certain things out that would slow things down?
Why is it so fast(5 posts) (4 voices)
SliTaz is faster because it uses only the bare minimum requirements to make it work. Simplicity is the key for us because we compiled everything from scratch - No extra baggage from other distros for us.
With Lubuntu you get all the baggage that comes from Ubuntu and Debian with the biggest culprits being a unoptimized pulseaudio daemon and synaptic package manager running weekly checks.
On top of that it being so small allows for the whole system (and applications, or most of them) to be cached or resident in memory. Also / is mounted as ext2 even if formatted ext3 or ext4 (ext3 would be slower, and i believe ext4 as well). Ubuntu became really fast once i offered it an ssd (similar and close enough to be all memory resident with disk log time and seek reduced to zero); slitaz is still faster though.
I also suspect there's some special kind of oil involved that's lubricating the surface of the wok, because even if you compare Slitaz to the handful of similarly small distros that run entirely in RAM, Slitaz still has a considerable edge over the others (Austrumi, CD Linux, DSL, Porteus, Puppy, Slax, Tiny Core ...). In some cases (Austrumi, Porteus) the difference in desktop performance is quite dramatic. In other cases it is less obvious but still noticeable. I think, the window managers and the overall reaction times of desktop environments like Enlightenment, Kde or Xfce are no match for plain Openbox, which Lxde essentially is. Of course this still doesn't explain why DSL, Puppy and Tiny Core seem to be slower than Slitaz.
Ever now and then (very rarely!), when for some reason or other I get frustrated with Slitaz, I start to look around for an alternative, and guess what: In the end I'm always back with Slitaz, sorting out the problem that caused my frustration in the first place. I hate to quote the odious Ms. Thatcher, but there really is no alternative :-)
Well I made a different choice and bought an SSD and switched to peppermint altogether more than a year ago (based on lubuntu), because of better support of a number of functionalities I need every day or close (and i also have a laptop I could not switch to slitaz, wifi does not work). And of course the lack of security update is a real concern, as a main OS (i do not care for a Temporary Autonmous Zone).
It is still slower than the various slitaz I used, but close enough.
But I cannot keep it alive more than 3 weeks before it crashes - that is annoying, I regret my ol'XP which looked rock solid compared to that but has unresolved issues on that new motherboard. I had less stability issues with Slitaz 3 I believe. I am seriously considering to give another try to Slitaz... Maybe after the summer....
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