To a newbie Linux becomes little tedious, first, because it is not fully configured right after installation, and second, it is not fully loaded. PCLinuxOS, Ubuntu and Mepis address these issues to desktop users. Let's discuss how to make our wonder kid, PCLinuxOS, jump with joy within minutes after installation.
- Remove the unnecessary desktop features: I reduced my virtual desktops to just one. That's enough for me. Besides, I removed clipper and other icons from desktop panel. As for the big desktop I removed the wallpaper and disabled screensaver. My PCLinuxOS got some boost after these changes.
- Remove The Eye Candy: After a week of my linux experience with PCLinuxOS in Compiz+Beryl enabled mode, I got bored of all those glitz (I wonder why many are after those 3D features, I am sure you will also get bored of those soon after). Then removed Beryl, Compiz and all the themes (except default PCLinuxOS theme). This time I got my system respond even faster.
- Disable GUI Effects: I disabled the GUI effects from KDE control center. They don't give you much eye-pleasing experience, but kill much of your RAM.
- Comment out unnecessary things from init: I edited /etc/innittab. Removed runlevels 2, 3 and 4. Now I have only 1, 5 and 6. Also, I removed all the gettys.
- Disable Unnecessary Services: Remove all those unnecessary services like nfs, atd, anacron, apmd (if your system is acpi capable), numlock. Choose which of the services you don't need and then remove/disable them.
- Remove unnecessary packages, programs and modules: I am using a desktop, I don't need those laptop features. So, I searched for laptop in the synaptic and removed them (cross-check for dependencies while removing any package inside synaptic, you might remove some important apps). I don't use any modem, firmware, printer, and my system is used only for home desktop purpose, it's not a server. Hence, I carefully removed all those stuff.
- Load PClinuxOS with proprietary stuff: I installed ntfs-3g, libdvdcss2, unrar and rar, win32codecs, realplayer, wordnet, xmms with wma codecs, antiword, vobcopy, xvidcap, vlc and avidemux. Now I feel my system is fully loaded. With these packages included to your PCLinuxOS, you will never need Windows XP in another partition of your hard drive.
If, after the above tweaks you found your system still unresponsive or slow, or you get a hissing sound from cpu fan, it's high time you cleaned your system hardware. The problem lies there.