*DE Memory Footprint // was Re: multiple thin client servers

Gavin McCullagh gmccullagh at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 10:52:53 UTC 2006


On Wed, 29 Nov 2006, Knut Yrvin wrote:

> The other issue is use of memory. Real life use shows that Xfce and GNOME 
> desktop uses more memory than KDE as a window manager (with end user 
> programs): 
> http://ktown.kde.org/~seli/memory/
> After my knowledge this practical fact, makes it possible to connect 50-70 
> thin clients to a 4 GB server with the KDE based Skolelinux. After what I've 
> read there are recommended to install 30 thin clients with Edubuntu. Xfce 
> does start fast, but it uses more memory than both Gnome and KDE in real 
> life. KDE uses less memory than GNOME. 

Having read some of that, I think your statement is a little misleading
about XFCE.  The conclusion about GNOME vs KDE certainly appears to stand

In real life, KDE users do not exclusively use KOffice and Konqueror and
GNOME users do not necessarily stick with Epiphany and Abiword.  Both sets
of users very often use OpenOffice and Firefox for reasons I don't imagine
need elaborating.  Edubuntu installs and suggests those apps by default for
much the same reasons.  It's clear this has a high price though.


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