I recently noticed that my hard drive was not passing smartmontools tests and so I copied my old Linux installs from the old 750 GB disk to a 500 GB disk that I had lying around, but at the same time, I figured I’d add a new 120 GB SSD to the box and install a bright, shinny new Linux to it for a grand total of 4 distros. I have a little OCD, or I’d just use a single distro at a time on a machine.
On the older “new” 500 GB spinning drive I have:
Debian stable i386 (which started life as Mepis Lenny 8.x but has pretty much been stripped of Mepis & is straight Wheezy with tons of extra packages).
Bodhi i386 based on Ubuntu 12.04 (I quickly decided I didn’t like Enlightenment, so it is KDE4)
Debian SID development i386, it started life as Sidux 2008-1. but is updated and recent.
On the 120 GB SSD I just have Netrunner 13.12 AMD64.
I chose netrunner for the SSD because it is showy & new, I wasn’t expecting it to be a speed demon, but I’m a little disappointed by how long it takes to go from the display manager to the desktop compared to my old, crufty installs on a much slower drive. Netrunner gets to lightdm just fine compared to the other distros. All numbers are seconds. The other distros use KDM for a display manager, FWIW.
NETRUNNER on SSD: 16 (Plymouth breaks up to show a CIFS error but my network shares are mounted normally anyway from the fstab)
Debian Sidux Sid: 33
Debian Stable (was Mepis 8.x): 33
Bodhi 12.04: 45 (it seems to do a fsck, something seems wrong since the transition to the new disk, I had to disable the floppy controller in the BIOS to get it boot up at all, but once it gets past that point it seems fine).
But Netrunner is considerably SLOWER going from lightdm to the desktop then the others, even with XFCE, which I installed when I saw how long it was taking KDE to show up on the desktop. This is despite the fact that netrunner is configured to start an empty session while the other systems tend to be configured to start several programs that I normally use (pidgin, konsole, file manager, browser, whatever). Also, in the past I was much more cavalier about installing all kinds of extra packages even if I never use them or they are only suggested or recommended by apt-get, the Netrunner install is pretty clean.
KDE panels showing up: 15
KDE all my programs materializing: 25
Mepis 8.x/Debian Wheey:
XFCE: 3-4 seconds
Do I need to configure Netrunner to use my SSD? Once Netrunner is up and running it seems responsive, but I’m surprised who long it takes. Also, it doesn’t go to sleep properly, but I haven’t taken a look at that problem, so I do a fresh boot every time. Maybe I can get Netrunner to hibernate and it will come back from the dead more quickly, but the install is only 1 day old.
My machine is not very new, something I cobbled together by myself, I use the Nvidia proprietary driver on all partitions.
AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual Core Processor BE-2300 @ 1.9 GHz
On netrunner cpuinfo reports it to be: cpu MHz : 1000.000, I haven’t tried that on the others.
NVIDIA Corporation G96 [GeForce 9400 GT]
5 GB of DDR2 RAM
Does anyone else have slow login times?