A Linux for the totally maintenance free

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Sat Nov 1 21:52:40 UTC 2014

jd1008 wrote:
> On 10/28/2014 12:16 PM, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>> On 10/28/2014 07:04 PM, Steven Rosenberg wrote:
>>> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM, Joe Zeff <joe at zeff.us> wrote:
>>>> When I learned what Gnome 3 was going to be like, I started looking for a
>>>> different DE and ended up with Xfce.  One of the minor things I like about
>>>> it is that you can configure it so that a right-click anywhere on the
>>>> desktop brings up your main menu; no need to go to the corner of the panel.
>>>> After a year working with Unity, my sister had me migrate her from Ubuntu to
>>>> Xubuntu.  If nothing else, try a LiveUSB with the Xfce spin; you may be
>>>> pleasantly surprised because it's much less of a resource hog than either
>>>> Gnome or KDE without being minimalist.
>>> +1 for Xfce
>> I got introduced to it via Fedora for arm.  With ONLY 1Gb on my Cubieboard2,
>> it is nice that the desktop does not eat up all your memory.  Particularly
>> when I am only running with a SD card (I do have sata drive builds as well).
>> So I am more using Xfce and might even do my F21 beta on a notebook with it as
>> well.  Skip gnome all together on the next upgrade.
> So, between xfce and lxde, which one consumes less ram?
I booted all of the FC20 Live CDs I have on hand, and I share this for your 

CD		RAM used MB	Idle CPU
XFCE-64		204		99.[6-8]
LXDE-32		123		99.[4-6]
MATE-32		143		99.[7-9]
MATE-64		237		99.8-100

Each was booted in KVM, I opened a singe terminal, ran "top -d10" and recorded 
the highest and lowest idle in one minute. Then I used free to see the RAM in 
use. The CPU matters to me, when Cinnamon came out I liked it, but it used about 
4% of the CPU at idle, and more if anything was updating the screen. I would 
call all of these a tie on CPU, I'm tempted to call memory a tie, too, if it's 
really tight the 32bit release will make some difference.


Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
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