Thanks for steering me right on the ram stuff. Here is two snap shots of xfce top and gnome top. xfce is quicker by about 7 seconds and it seems to load apps quicker also. Flux box boots up quickest but struggles a bit with apps open office seems almost doubled load time, plus I haven't tweaked it for apps menu and ran things from terminal.
Don't want to install KDE as disc is getting up there. So I will have an i386 xcfe f7, x86_64 KDE f7, i586 gnome fc6, and i386 mandriva 2007. M$ on hot swap sata sitting on the shelve in need of dusting.
Last edited by JeffZZZ; 8th August 2007 at 12:53 AM.