So, I "inherited" an old desktop after my sister since she got a new one (they were actually discussing throwing this one away). So I decided to take it under my wings and try to get Linux to run properly on it. The only hard part was that I have a USB wireless (which we gave up on in Windows), which were not supported out of the box in any Slackware based distro I tried (Zenwalk and Vector), but what do you know, Kubuntu connects straight out of the box, though the connection falters at time, and I need to un & re plug the dongle, but I can live with that.
Also I have no spent a few hours customizing and optimizing my installation, and I must say I am quite pleased with my self, though I have to improve the performance just a tad (disabling cupsys helps ALOT!). And I got Kickoff running! God, I love that one (see screenshot).
Overall I am quite pleased with the installation, performs well, got boot time down to 30 seconds, or less, still a bit sluggish at times, but I'll tend to that later.
But does anyone here got any experience with swapiness? I see a ton of guides recommending reducing the default value (60, I believe), but this box only has 256 RAM, so I am cautious about increasing the load on RAM, I think I am better served with a bit of swapping.
And preload, doesn't that take up some RAM as well? I'm not sure if the computer will be any more responsive with that install than without it, any ideas? Anyway, enjoy the screenshot, as I am quite pleased with my self after a hard days work