Friday, 8 April 2011

Debian 6, sluggish and slow due to Mono

I have been playing around with Debian 6 for the past two weeks and overall quite happy with Debian but have noticed a slight sluggish feel when working with Gnome. (eg compared to Fedora 14)

My Debian 6 install is a default desktop install which had a working internet connection during the installation process. As a result OpenOffice, Java, Mono, extra Gnome themes and icons were all pulled in.

It would be nice if the Debian installer allowed for a more customized 'Desktop' setup.

To cut a long story short, I have no need for Mono and decided to erase it.

apt-get purge cli-common libmono-*

If you are a Ubuntu user reading this, please do not run this command.

Now the interesting thing after performing this action was I noticed my desktop was more snappy and responsive, and more inline with Fedora 14.

Furthermore, I have also experienced the same feel when removing mono from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

Mono makes Linux sluggish!