I am using Linux since 2002. I started with Mandrake, but quickly moved to Vector and Slackware (stayed on Slackware till 2008th). I can say that I prefer fast, well optimized and efficient distros, but because of certain reasons I had to move to Fedora. Now my laptop (my main and only machine) runs Fedora 10 and my sister’s laptop runs OpenSuSE 11.1.
Two days ago, I had some free time so I read a little about Sidux and decided to test it on one partition of my sister’s laptop. After full upgrade I got kernel 2.6.30 and KDE 4.2.4. The thing that amazed me (in the same time thing that made me write this topic) is how fast it was. My laptop is quite decent machine (AMD Turion x64 2.0 GHz with 4 gigs of RAM), it runs Fedora 10 i386 with KDE4 with minimum of services and minimal possible install (for my needs, of course) and it felt so sluggish and bloated compared with Sidux on less powerful machine (basically the same amount of software and services). As far as I know, Sidux is using Debian Sid branch and Debian has no special optimizations, generic ones like mainstream distros.
So the question is - how much is possible to make OpenSuSE (or any other distro from the name of the topic) light, fast and efficient? My sister’s install is basically custom (installed server system and then manually using zypper I installed the rest), but still slugish comapring to Sidux default install (KDE-lite tough) + additional software.
Thank you for your answers!