Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.
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AdamW
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2005-07-06

Depends how much memory you have. If you test with 256MB as the guy above did, you'll see a noticeable difference; sitting at a desktop with KDE 4 takes around 250MB of RAM, while with GNOME it's about 150 and Xfce about 160 (yes, those numbers are right, in my tests at least). If you have 512MB or 1GB, that won't make much difference.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

But here's the thing... even xfce to a certain degree is bloating on 256Mb seeing as it only leaves 100Mb free. On 256Mb I'm hesitant to recommend even a full kde3 session.

If you prune things down then it will run fine (on 256 Mb you should Expect to need pruning on any environment minus those that are geared as lightweight)

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

But here's the thing... even xfce to a certain degree is bloating on 256Mb seeing as it only leaves 100Mb free. On 256Mb I'm hesitant to recommend even a full kde3 session. If you prune things down then it will run fine (on 256 Mb you should Expect to need pruning on any environment minus those that are geared as lightweight)


XFCE is light enough to install on minimal hardware, especially as you say if you prune things down a bit.

If you want really snappy performance on minimal or older hardware, try installing Xubuntu ... and then from the base install change the desktop to the even-lighter LXDE.

$ apt-get install lxde-desktop

... following your Xubuntu install. On the next boot, change the default session to LXDE instead of Xubuntu.

http://lxde.org/

This will run very snappily even on minimal harware, yet installing it following Xubuntu still gives you an Ubuntu 8.10 base to your system.

Or you could just get LXDE/Ubuntu from here: http://ubuntulite.tuxfamily.org/?q=node/2
... but that site doesn't seem to have caught up with Ubuntu 8.10 as yet.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

Edited 2008-11-18 03:19 UTC

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h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

But here's the thing... even xfce to a certain degree is bloating on 256Mb seeing as it only leaves 100Mb free. On 256Mb I'm hesitant to recommend even a full kde3 session.


A good operating system will use RAM as efficiently as it can. If that means filling it all up, it's good. Empty RAM is wasted RAM. The question is not, how much RAM can an OS + XFCE fill up, but: from what amount of RAM does it start moving bits to the swap partition, and start coming to a crawl. In that respect, a "vanilla" XFCE really does need less RAM than Gnome or KDE.

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