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: Comment by MOS6510
by ssokolow on Tue 25th Jun 2013 05:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
ssokolow
Member since:
2010-01-21

I wonder what use these tables are.

CPU and RAM usage will change depending on what you do and what you install. Also after installing updates things may or may not change significantly.


True, however, they do help you to get a feel for the general ballpark and direction given desktops are going, resource-wise.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 25th Jun 2013 05:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Exactly. It's not all useless. I wonder where window managers like IceWM and JWM would place on that chart. He's got the classic mid-end (GNOME 2, MATE...) and modern high-end (GNOME 3, KDE4...) desktop environments pretty well covered though. KDE3 is also missing... understandably, but it would still be interesting to see where it would be. openSUSE still provides it in their repositories. And then there's Trinity, which I wish would gain more traction as an alternative to the typical KDE4 and million GNOME-based desktops in the increasingly-fragmenting world of GNOME.

Edited 2013-06-25 06:01 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by ssokolow on Tue 25th Jun 2013 06:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

And then there's Trinity, which I wish would gain more traction as an alternative to the typical KDE4 and million GNOME-based desktops in the increasingly-fragmenting world of GNOME.


I just wish they'd figure out why I've never had a system where it can be installed alongside KDE 4 components without rendering the Trinity control panel empty.

(I run an LXDE desktop with K3b and FileLight from KDE 4 for the updates but BasKet for KDE 4 is too buggy to use and, last I checked, KAudioCreator hadn't been ported.)

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 25th Jun 2013 16:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

No, they don't. One might be skewed to cache more of its components into memory ( file browser, common apps, etc), while the other does not. So starting up all the apps in lxde that one might use, might use more ram than KDE for the equivalent apps( as well as being slower as it would have to load them from disk).

With the table, all you can say is that lxde is more efficient at ... doing nothing. Measuring efficiency, bloat, and 'lightweightness' is too subjective to objectively determine for all use cases. It depends so heavily on what is important to you.

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