[LAU] Resource gains - lightweight Desktop vs KDE, Gnome

Will Godfrey willgodfrey at musically.me.uk
Mon Oct 13 22:13:45 UTC 2014

On Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:50:05 -0700
Russell Hanaghan <hanaghan.osaudio at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> To refine the question a bit;
> Older laptops in this case... 1.6ghz - 2.2ghz dual core 64bit processors and their rough equivalents, running say, current KDE4 Ubuntu like environment, vs flux/blackbox <add ur choice here>, etc.  anyone got any real results? 
> Like, I want to record at 128/2 ... Can I run a softsynth or Jammin on top of a few live plugins running simultaneously kind of difference or ... The point I'm subtly pointing toward... Does the lightweight WM or DT really give me anymore power to do something useful?? 
> The only user difference in experience, for the most part that I see, is losing the automated bells n kazoo's tht heavy desktops handle. Of course there's more but I'm just curious about case examples with something to back them up & not be centered wholly on opinion.
> ~ Russell

On an eeepc901 I'm running a cut-down debian wheezy in single user mode with
openbox as the wm and it's own session manager + ROX as the file manager. I can
run QjackCTL, Yoshimi and a USB MIDI keyboard without xruns provided I don't
try to do anything fast on the bigger multi-voice instrument patches. I can also
just about run Rosegarden as well with very simple 1 or 2 part tunes. The audio
quality from the headphone socket is surprisingly good.

Will J Godfrey
Say you have a poem and I have a tune.
Exchange them and we can both have a poem, a tune, and a song.

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