Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 02:42 UTC
Linux It's been over a year since the last time I reviewed (1, 2) the Linux distribution that I use most of the time, Arch Linux. Since then, while the distro-specific innovations have slowed a bit down, maturity and stability has emerged.
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RE[4]: GNOME at 50MB?
by Luis on Mon 3rd Jul 2006 10:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: GNOME at 50MB?"
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I think that one key point might be if you're enabling 3d acceleration or not. I use XFCE and without 3d acceleration, it uses about 30MB of RAM on a clean install/boot. But if I enable 3d acceleration (on an intel integrated graphic card) it will use an extra... 60MB of RAM ! (with xorg 6.8.2 it was just 25MB extra).

To disable/enable 3d acceleration you can comment/comment out the line in /etc/X11/xorg.conf where it says:

Load "dri"

(if you don't have that line in the "Module" section you should also add at the end of the file:

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666

To check if 3d acceleration is working, you can type at the command line "glxinfo" and in the first few lines you should see "Direct rendering: yes" if it's enabled.

Disabling DRI is a good way to save RAM in older computers. It's not much used in Linux anyway (except google earth, some games,...)

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