I am running 2010 LXDE with the 22.214.171.124-pclos2 kernel on a p4 @ 1.6GHz. (1g ram)
It seems faster than with the 126.96.36.199-pclos2.bfs kernel.
Is it just me or is this a reasonable scenario? Why would this be so?
Personally, I found the BFS (Badly F*ck*d System) kernel to be an annoying problem on my hardware... particularly when attempting to use the Synergy keyboard/mouse sharing client (synergyc).
Machine #1: Dell Precision M70 laptop 2.26 GHz - dual boot *WinXPP and PCLOS 2009.2 (Gnome)
Machine #2: Dell Precision 450 2.8 GHz Dual Xeon - dual boot *WinXPP and PCLOS 2010 (Gnome)
Machine #3: ASUS P2B-S (440 BX) 600 MHz P3 - triple boot WinServer2000, *PCLOS 2010 (LXDE & Zen)
* = primary OS | PC #3 is my LAMP platform for staging/testing websites locally before upload.
With the Synergy server running on #2 (WinXPP), it works flawlessly between all MS Windows systems.
With BFS kernel on machine #3 (LXDE or Zen installation) synergyc would get killed off and fail to restart even with the --restart switch explicitly given. Other odd behavior showed up on machine #2, so I decided not
to 'upgrade' #1 to PCLOS 2010. FWIW, the PCLOS 2009 versions ran beautifully on all three machines. And yes, I did a full Synaptic package system update before digging into the problem any further.
After some research on BFS and reading kolivas' site, I decided the BFS kernel might indeed be the culprit...
Thus I removed the BFS kernel
and 'updated' to the standard 188.8.131.52-pclos1 kernel (NON-BFS). Lo and behold, problem solved
on all PCLOS 2010 installations! The standard kernel also fixed a few other odd quirks which showed up on #2 and #3 (e.g. jittery mouse) with BFS.
Now I can use Synergy (and the clipboard) between all three machines, regardless of which OS is running, without the frustration of BFS killing the process.
Ironically, BFS was supposed to benefit
my type of 'legacy' hardware.
Frankly, BFS does not yet appear mature enough to be a 'default' kernel at this time.
IMO they should remove BFS and use the standard kernel in future releases to appeal to the greatest common denominator of hardware. Put a section on the website explaining how (and why) to install a different kernel such as BFS (it's not intuitive or obvious if you're a newbie drifting over from a Microsoft OS).