Q about swap size

JD jd1008 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 11 22:57:29 UTC 2010

  On 07/11/2010 03:42 PM, Robert Myers wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM, Konstantin Svist <fry.kun at gmail.com 
> <mailto: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.
Too True Robert!!
The UI interface's "code distance" from user to  hardware has increased
tremendously, and much of the UI is written in scripts which need to be 
by yet another program - which inter itself might turn out to be yet 
another script.
Also, the stack of libraries is increasing also when it comes to 
desktops and UI's.

But this is the nature of the beast - ease of development and deployment vs.
speed and efficiency of the product.
The former has won.

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