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Re: [SLE] This should turn some heads....
  • From: Derek Fountain <fountai@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 09:32:18 +0000
  • Message-id: <200203280932.JAA60826@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
While all the linux office suites except koffice and the gnome
equivalents are generally too slow, people should remember though that
Office 97 is 5 years old, and Office XP is immensely slow on anything
below a P4 with 256MB of RAM (my Duron 800 with 650MB suffers on it).

Hopefully once openoffice reaches feature completion, there can be some
serious work put into speed optimisation by Sun to make it operate at
somewhere near the speed of the more lightweight systems.

It's not an easy problem to solve. The issue is with libraries - things like
OpenOffice need all their code loading from scratch because they don't use
standard libraries. Koffice and the GNOME equivalents have the huge advantage
that much of their code (Qt and GTK respectively) is already in memory on
many systems. This makes load time and the application footprint much

Couple this with the slow link time C++ programs suffer because of
limitations of GCC compiled code, and you have a system which is sluggish to
load at the best of times, and requires lot of memory.

9:26am up 22 days, 18:53, 2 users, load average: 0.17, 0.07, 0.02

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