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

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Tue Oct 14 06:41:04 UTC 2014

On 10/13/2014 12:56 PM, Len Ovens wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Oct 2014, Russell Hanaghan 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?
> Atom single core, 1.6Ghz, 1G ram, 32bit... Not much difference from xfce
> to lxde/blackbox, that I can tell. Nice thing about xfce stock menu is
> that new SW just shows up in the menu... not much of a difference. Unity
> and gnome session just don't work well enough to run a browser let alone
> audio apps. This may be more video drivers related. KDE is tunable. But
> I have found the performance hit with no tuning to be not noticable
> really. I can run guitarix at 64/2 (USB AI) 64/3 (internal HDA)
> reasonably well. The major problem is memory, 1G is really not enough,
> 2G makes a difference. I have not added memory though because I don't
> use this for audio. I am running xfce and using Jack as the audio
> backend with pulse for desktop stuff, bvecause I do try some audio bits
> once in a while. So there is a small step from KDE OOTB over xfce, but
> unity and gnome session do take a lot more of something that my machine
> doesn't have. There are a number of people using a P4 single core to run
> more than I do on this.
>> 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??
> Like I say the biggest hit is memory. The WM generally is not the whole
> story, xfce WM is not much bigger than xfwm for example, but xfce
> generally has a whole pile of extra processes running.

Not many to me, although I am puzzled as to why htop shows there are 63 
"/usr/sbin/console-kit-daemon --no-daemon" processes running.

> Where this is noticable is that i use more than one "workspace". So the
> systray WS switcher is pretty imortant.

Why? I switch between workspaces in XFCE using ctrl-F1, ctrl-F2, etc. 
Much faster than mousing around!

David W. Jones
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