On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 12:00:05AM +0200, Zdenek Kabelac wrote:
The question is - why - certainly not because CPU got less powerfull
No, it's because modern desktop environments are much more heavily
GPU-dependent to the point where the (very lousy) onboard GPUs on
2005-era laptops are simply not able to keep up -- or force
non-optimized software-based rendering fallbacks.
it's been 10-12 years back - but when gnome clock needs
and rendering of html pages often takes over 100MB - and nobody cares about
any performance regression since new shiny i7 is so fast to 'mask' all
programmers faults and 32GB or RAM also needs some usage....
The real limitation for that old 2005-era laptop is its ability to hold
enough memory to allow someone to fire up Chrome and hit facebook.com
without hitting swap. The pokey GPU will be the the other problem.
But that's not due to programmers getting sloppy or not caring about
resource usage -- it's due to the realities of modern computing. A
modern web browser is certianly "more bloated" than older ones, but that
bloat buys you many more capabilities than before, not to mention
of a decade ago. Modern web sites require those capabilities and the
greatly increased system resources (CPU, GPU, and Memory) those entail.
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