Hardware: Dell Latitude C610
CPU: Mobile P3 - M 1133MHz
Video: ATI Radeon Mobility M6
Wireless: TP-Link TL-WN321G USB, Ralink chipset
LAN: 3Com 3c905c
Audio: Intel 82801CA/CAM AC97
When I installed Fedora from the Live CD and found it to be incredibly slow, I blamed myself. This hardware, I said, is just not up to running a modern livecd.
Then I booted the Knoppix 6.0.1 CD, and it was outrageously fast. But still, I said, Knoppix is using LXDE, which is much lighter than Fedora's Gnome desktop.
But now after trying SimplyMepis, I am forced to conclude that the Fedora livecd really does just completely suck. It's not me, Fedora, it's you. Sorry. Had to be said.
SimplyMepis boots almost as quickly as Knoppix, but to a full KDE desktop. The installer is fast and fantastic, mostly, although it failed to set my timezone.
Issues found in first five minutes.
Suspends but will not resume. Hibernate fails completely, just bringing up a locked screen message.
On first boot I find that Mepis has set the clock forward three months and some hours, and believes I am in New York.
Five Minute Goodness:
It's fast. Wireless works. Everything works. Mepis provide their own helper applications for configuring the system, and they are mostly good. Nice visuals, from Grub menu, to splash screen, to desktop.
It's KDE and, mostly, it's Debian.
This post is way too short for conclusions, as was my testing.