X60s + Arch Linux = Pure love

After double-checking all the minor details with Ubuntu, I decided it was time to regain a little speed again, and tinker with Arch Linux on my X60s.

Whoooeee. Now that’s fast. Ubuntu was a pleasant experience on a machine this quick, but Arch is like a caffiene buzz. If I hotwire the /etc/inittab to go straight to X using one of the methods here, I get from Grub to X in under 17 seconds. Memory use is only 44Mb with X, IceWM and a few other programs running, according to htop.

That’s pretty darned impressive. Not the best ever, but still quite nice considering the array of machines I have used in the past. I seem to remember the 1Ghz Inspiron bouncing to an Openbox desktop in only 16 seconds with Crux, but I might be conveniently misremembering that. ;)

In any case, Crux is probably the last stop on this little distro-hop adventure. Between these two dustups with Ubuntu and Arch and the information at thinkwiki.org, I have enough information now about the underlying hardware to confidently put together a proper custom kernel, and see if the machine will start.

Beyond that … I don’t know. I hadn’t really thought that far into the future yet. … :|

About these ads

6 Responses to “X60s + Arch Linux = Pure love”

  1. 1 GF 2010/02/23 at 9:49 AM

    Do you use HAL?

  2. 3 Beau 2010/02/23 at 12:02 PM

    Wow. Nice laptop, I want one :) How did you get it to look like Windows?

  3. 5 mulenmar 2010/02/25 at 11:53 PM

    The sad thing is, these days I actually like the look of Winblows XPuke better than GNOME, KDE, Openbox, or just about anything else.

    Still don’t like the look of viruses though, ha ha.

  1. 1 X and Openbox in 12Mb « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2010/08/13 at 9:07 AM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Visit the Wiki!

Some recent desktops

May 6, 2011
Musca 0.9.24 on Crux Linux
150Mhz Pentium 96Mb 8Gb CF

May 14, 2011
IceWM 1.2.37 and Arch Linux
L2300 core duo 3Gb 320Gb

Some recent games

Apr. 21, 2011
Oolite on Xubuntu 11.04
L2300 core duo 3Gb 320Gb

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts.

Join 405 other followers


This work is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. Please see the About page for details.

Blog Stats

  • 3,960,821 hits



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 405 other followers

%d bloggers like this: