What is weird is that, I can’t decide whether I want to use Debian or Ubuntu. Debian Squeeze is pretty awesome because the modifications are minimal, and it’s always updating but after a while I did get some major updates and it became really slow all of a sudden, and I wasn’t really into it anymore. So I reinstalled Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope, and it’s surprisingly the same slowness as an aging Debian Squeeze installation. I think these installations get slow because of the dependencies being install from the beginning of use. But, it’s hard to tell. It could also be due to upgraded packages which have different configurations. I’m not entirely sure.
It seems that most people are at war between what Operating System they want to use. But, the denominators being different than what my scenario is. One would argue how Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux differ, but from where I stand, I’m not at ease between the two Linux distributions I want to use. The last couple blog posts have mentioned 100% Debian usage, but because I believe Ubuntu would be faster because of different kernels and configurations, I am wrong. There’s really no difference between Jaunty, and Squeeze performance-wise on my laptop. But it will change I believe.
When Karmic was in early alpha stages, I tried it and realized that the new kernel, newer evolving versions of programs were a lot faster. I loved it. The performance was really great. The only problem I had was with the sound spazzing out, and ruining the fun. For some reason, it started to get worse and decided I could stand it anymore, and switched over to Debian Lenny, which is the stable version of Lenny. By defining stable, I mean a mature kernel, and mature programs — which means older. Mature, or Stable in technology always means older. At least I’ve come to that conclusion stating so. After a while I realized that the Lenny repositories did not have any programs I wanted. No one suggest to upgrade to the Testing distro which is now Debian: Squeeze, but I was told that upgrading would allow me to install those newer programs since there are newer programs in Squeeze. So I upgrade and seen that a lot of things were different, but the stability was the same, just a bit slower performance-wise. This installation went to smitherines quickly because I was getting used to how things worked in Debian. I went back to Karmic when it was Beta. After a while, it messed up again.
So, while chatting in Freenode on the #debian channel, I realized that Debian must have daily build ISOs too. So I found out where they were, downloaded, burned the ISOs. Installed the daily build from CD because I couldn’t get the ISO to boot with unetbootin.
With Squeeze lasting a few months on my computer prior to said installation, it was a great experience. I got used to how Squeeze worked, how vanilla the kernel felt, not using sudo, and a bunch of other things until I installed some dependencies and it just became slower over time and I didn’t really like how slow it became.
This brings me to my current situation where I am using Jaunty again because Karmic is slow, and the sound is still completely messed up. I know as time progresses and more dependencies are installed because things change including program usage and new dependencies because packages upgrade all the time: that Ubuntu will be get slower, and will have to do something about it. What do you do to keep your machine at peak performance? It seems like it feels like Windows all over again? Not only that, but my RAM is getting used up a lot faster for no reason, too. I run the same programs, and utilities that I did in Debian and it’s a lot slower in Ubuntu than Debian. I haven’t a clue why.
What I think I’m going to do is once Spring hits, and kernel 2.6.32 will be out for Debian I will go back to Debian to see how well it works. This means that optimization for Squeeze will be at its peak performance. If I’m not mistaken, by then — Squeeze will have become stable, and Sid moves up to be Testing with a new name, and Debian 5.0 which is Lenny will be history. This also means that Ubuntu will be evolving too and a newer codename will be out then, too. I wish this chipset would run better than it does. Not that I am complaining how the work being done. I love Linux, I just hate my chipset.