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Thread: Why BackTrack is so fast?

  1. #1
    Just burned his ISO
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    Feb 2006

    Question Why BackTrack is so fast?

    Why BackTrack is so fast? I would like to work everyday as fast. I use Gentoo on my laptop, but each back|track version on the same hardware is much faster than my distro. Is it caused it's running from livecd and don't read disk so often?

    I have fast internet connection, but on Gentoo in Firefox I have to wait about 1-2 seconds to show the page and whole systems is "heavy" when displaying page. When I type address in backtrack's Firefox I see the page in milliseconds after pressing enter.

    I also see it in konqueror , when i click system on Desktop I have to wait ~ 3seconds and next 3 after clicking storage media. In backtrack I see it much faster after click. Also browsing through folders on hdd is slighly faster.

    How can I make my KDE as slim as backtrack's one?

    Even wine, I checked OllyDbg in backtrack- is starts quite fast, when I run something on wine on my system before it's starts hdd led signalizing reading through about 10-15seconds.

    I have lot programs installed and recently I saw, when i type:
    cd /usr/lib
    It takes a few seconds to show all files. Can it be caused by this or another folder - when system runs some application it search something in different paths, or maybe to much MIME types of installed applications causes it?

    I have almost all my hardware support build in in kernel, is it good practise or better is load it from modules even if hardware is always connected?

  2. #2
    Just burned his ISO
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    Aug 2006


    Back|Track is fast because it is Slackware. Slackware is known throught the communities as being a very fast and lean flavor.

    Of course everything will slow down after a while. you have been using you Gentoo for a while probably, and that is why it is quite a bit slower than BT. Of course like I mentioned BT is running Slack which is even faster that than most Linux flavors.

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    May 2007


    It is also fast because it is not bogged down with services that are unnecessary for everyday use, as backtrack is not intended to be an every use OS.

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