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    Default Lightweight desktops

    I have been experimenting with various of the lightweight desktops so as to be prepared to advise any XP refugees. I was interested to find that Xfce and Razor-qt both take 370MiB on my system, LXDE 280 MiB and Enlightenment 240 MiB.

    The figure for Enlightenment surprised me because, of the four, it is in some ways the most fully featured with almost KDE-like customisation options.

    The only irritant I have found is that it does not support Parcellite or Klipper but otherwise I have been extremely impressed with it.

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    Default Re: Lightweight desktops

    john hudson wrote:
    > I have been experimenting with various of the lightweight desktops so as
    > to be prepared to advise any XP refugees. I was interested to find that
    > Xfce and Razor-qt both take 370MiB on my system, LXDE 280 MiB and
    > Enlightenment 240 MiB.
    >
    > The figure for Enlightenment surprised me because, of the four, it is in
    > some ways the most fully featured with almost KDE-like customisation
    > options.


    I feel that people may feel more at home with Razor than E17.

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    Default Re: Lightweight desktops

    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    I have been experimenting with various of the lightweight desktops so as to be prepared to advise any XP refugees. I was interested to find that Xfce and Razor-qt both take 370MiB on my system, LXDE 280 MiB and Enlightenment 240 MiB.

    The figure for Enlightenment surprised me because, of the four, it is in some ways the most fully featured with almost KDE-like customisation options.

    The only irritant I have found is that it does not support Parcellite or Klipper but otherwise I have been extremely impressed with it.
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    On 2013-12-31 23:06, john hudson wrote:
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    > I have been experimenting with various of the lightweight desktops so as
    > to be prepared to advise any XP refugees. I was interested to find that
    > Xfce and Razor-qt both take 370MiB on my system, LXDE 280 MiB and
    > Enlightenment 240 MiB.


    I just started LXDE on a system with 500 MiB. Top reads:

    Code:
    KiB Mem:    500628 total,   447144 used,    53484 free,    29840 buffers
    KiB Swap:  6143996 total,    12824 used,  6131172 free,   270376 cached
    Notice the 447144 figure for free memory, but subtract from it the buffers and cache: meaning the
    total RAM used is 143 MiB, by the entire system. Quite far from your figure of 280 MiB for LXDE.

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    On 2014-01-01 04:24, Carlos E. R. wrote:

    > I just started LXDE on a system with 500 MiB. Top reads:
    >
    >
    Code:
    > KiB Mem:    500628 total,   447144 used,    53484 free,    29840 buffers
    > KiB Swap:  6143996 total,    12824 used,  6131172 free,   270376 cached
    >
    >
    > Notice the 447144 figure for free memory, but subtract from it the buffers and cache: meaning the
    > total RAM used is 143 MiB, by the entire system. Quite far from your figure of 280 MiB for LXDE.


    If I go to text mode, the figures are:

    Code:
    KiB Mem:    500628 total,   360780 used,   139848 free,    30024 buffers
    KiB Swap:  6143996 total,    12820 used,  6131176 free,   261740 cached
    Meaning the RAM used by the graphical system was about 447144 - 360780 (not considering
    cache/buffers), ie only 84 MB. Not that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    I have been experimenting with various of the lightweight desktops so as to be prepared to advise any XP refugees. I was interested to find that Xfce and Razor-qt both take 370MiB on my system, LXDE 280 MiB and Enlightenment 240 MiB.

    The figure for Enlightenment surprised me because, of the four, it is in some ways the most fully featured with almost KDE-like customisation options.

    The only irritant I have found is that it does not support Parcellite or Klipper but otherwise I have been extremely impressed with it.
    Enlightenment was the fastest when I last tried. I am just not comfortable using it.
    I use xfce full-time.
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    I dunno, I am actually beginning to doubt the validity of so called "lightwight desktops" for some older hardware, especially my fathers computer where everything seems to take up the same amount of memory no matter how much or little is running.
    Especially where the latest KDE is concerned, its got extremely low memory usage these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Please, we would have accepted the URL in normal font as well.
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