Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 25th Jun 2013 04:12 UTC
Linux The Linuxed - Exploring Linux Distros website has over 170 reviews of distros and common Linux programs by Arindam Sen. What makes it special is that Mr. Sen puts his experiences together in useful charts, such as this one that compares RAM usage for twenty different GUI versions, or this one that compares CPU and RAM usage for 20 KDE distros (page down to see the chart). While the site says it's merely "A non-techie's view of the Linux world," many techies will find it useful as well.
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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by cfgr on Tue 25th Jun 2013 10:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Indeed. Not to rain on his parade, but his numbers are pretty meaningless. Measuring memory usage is a very complicated matter, especially on systems that use shared memory.

Here is an interesting article on that:
http://virtualthreads.blogspot.be/2006/02/understanding-memory-usag...

As a rule of thumb, I use resident - shared, but even that is misleading as some programs (such as Firefox) may allocate more memory when it's available. It's such a waste to have 80% of your RAM unused while it could be used for caching and speeding up algorithms.

These lightweight desktops may use less memory, but as soon as you open some applications, they will load their own libraries rather than using shared ones. The memory footprint may rise quickly.

Edited 2013-06-25 10:30 UTC

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