Q about swap size

Robert Myers rbmyersusa at gmail.com
Sun Jul 11 22:42:46 UTC 2010


On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM, Konstantin Svist <fry.kun at gmail.com> wrote:

>
>
> Don't run Gnome/KDE desktops - they're memory hogs. Instead, try XFCE -
> it's much lighter and faster (fewer features, though).
>

Just shows how much the world of Linux has changed that it took so long for
that advice to appear.  "Run a lightweight desktop" used to be (as I
remember it) almost the first response to a complaint about overloaded
hardware.

It's interesting that Linux has followed in the path of Wintel, almost
forcing hardware upgrades with new OS releases.  Just as in the "old" days,
though, relief is almost always available for Linux users without taking
drastic measures, unless you are just totally in love with all the gadgetry
of Gnome/KDE, in which case you have to fall out of love with your old
hardware.

Robert.
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