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For old computers?

Posted Mar 6, 2009 20:56 UTC (Fri) by oak (guest, #2786)
In reply to: For old computers? by nye
Parent article: CrunchBang Linux 8.10

> Xfce hasn't actually been lightweight for years, unless it's improved
recently (my only experience since around 2004/5 has been Xubuntu, which
is a bit of a pig).

When I last used Ubuntu, it's base system was pretty large. It had many
large daemons (done in Python, Perl...) running which I didn't need or
even didn't have the hardware (Bluetooth etc). So it might not be Xfce or
Xubuntu issue, but inherited from the Ubuntu base.

In Gnome desktop main memory usage (before you start any apps) seemed to
come from out-of-process[1] panel applets, I guess that's a problem with
Xfce too. (Out-of-process applets are a reliability measure as in-process
applets can crash the whole panel if they have bugs)

[1] UI app(let) memory overhead is surprisingly large. They load a huge
amount of shared libraries and each library adds to the overhead. There's
private font, locale and theme data etc.

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For old computers?

Posted Mar 7, 2009 10:45 UTC (Sat) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164) [Link]

I guess the resource thing is why the Plasma devs are integrating as much
as possible in plasma itself, like power and network management. But as
you say, stability is the problem you get. More testing and QA is needed
to get plasma to a reasonably stable state. In case of NM, this isn't a
big issue - NM already IS a separate daemon, and having ANOTHER daemon to
just show the interface is silly to begin with...

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