question on memory w/ KDE 4
jjesse at gmail.com
Sun Jul 6 21:46:08 BST 2008
On Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 10:09 AM, Antonio Augusto (Mancha) <
khaoticmind at gmail.com> wrote:
> Have you tried using Ubuntu with KDE3 or even with Gnome to see if you
> get this same behavior? How much memory does the system consumes when
> it startted? You can't blame KDE4 for being a memory hog if you
> haven't tried other approaches.
> One thing i know for sure is that, in Ubuntu, VMWare DOES behaves
> weirdly slow out-of-the-box (at least for me).
> I've found some tips around the net that helped me get a lot more of
> Try using then and post the results back:
> You can tune the EXT3 partition where your VMs are to get some more
> performance of your disk:
> tune2fs -O has_journal -o journal_data_writeback /dev/hda1
> tune2fs -O dir_index /dev/hda1
> e2fsck -D /dev/hda1
> Put these in /etc/fstab: ",noatime,nodiratime"
> More tips here: http://en.opensuse.org/Speeding_up_Ext3
> Some changes you might want to do in /etc/vmware/config
> prefvmx.minVmMemPct = "100"
> mainMem.useNamedFile = "false"
> mainMem.partialLazySave = "FALSE"
> mainMem.partialLazyRestore = "FALSE"
> sched.mem.pshare.enable = "FALSE"
> prefvmx.useRecommendedLockedMemSize = "TRUE"
> More tips and explanations of a lot options here:
> Also, MAYBE you have some process running on Ubuntu that is doing a
> lot of disk access.
> Try monitoring it with pidstat -d 3 30, and see how is the culprid.
> If you still have issues after that try reporting back to see if we can
> Another good place to look for problems with VMware is the official
> vmware forums (http://www.vmware.com/communities/).
> On Sat, Jul 5, 2008 at 6:42 PM, Jonathan Jesse <jjesse at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Good evening,
> > I am working on perhaps switching back to Kubuntu and KDE 4 for my work
> > laptop but have run into several problems. I have a Dell Latitude D830
> > 4 Gigs of RAM. Under Vista 32 bit I get 3.6 Gigs of RAM available and
> > according to free with Kubuntu 32 bit edition I only get 3.2 Gigs of RAM.
> > As I use Virtual Machines a ton for demos and learning new software,
> > this is a small problem, need as much memory as possible.
> > However this is not the biggest problem. With VMWare Workstation 6 in
> > I can run 3 machines before I slow things down. One Kubuntu VM taking up
> > GIG of RAM, 1 Windows 2003 Server VM taking up a GIG of RAM and one
> > server taking up 512 MB of RAm. Vista still performs without problems, I
> > can still use other programs, Firefox, Outlook, Excel, and others, I
> > some slow down but not much.
> > Runing Kubuntu 8.04 Remix (KDE 4) I can barely get 2 VMs running with 1
> > of RAM a peice. I see a ton of swaping and using my swap memory more.
> > 1 GIG RAM VMs make the system to the point it is almost unusable. Is
> > more resource intensive? Am I seeing something special/goofy with my
> > laptop? KDE 4 seems to be a huge memory hog.
> > The other problem I kept having was my VM's were crashing with memory
> > errors. If I wanted a stable VM and a usuable machine I had to run them
> > 384 MB a piece which is silly when running two Windows servers.
> > Based on this I am going to stay with my Vista laptop for work.
> > Disappointed,
> > Jonathan
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The last time I ran VMWare with this laptop was under KDE 3 and Gutsy and
was able to run multiple 1 GIG VMs without a problem. The install was a
fresh install of Kubuntu 8.04 Remix with nothing other then the packages
needed to install VMWare Workstation and get it to install. Since I have
wiped Kubuntu and gone back to a more stable version of Vista, I cannot tell
exactly what processes were running other then what I would consider
The question still stands: Does KDE4 consume more resources then KDE3?
I know I can tweak a lot things based on the links you provided, but I don't
have the time to spend trying scripts and other changes, when it works fresh
out the box with Vista.
Note I really enjoy KDE4, I use it through VMWare full time on my work
machine, but just can't deal with VM's crashing and being unstable under
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