Kubuntu uses too much memory. What is the cause?

Chris Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Fri May 29 16:15:31 UTC 2009

Alvin wrote:
> On Friday 29 May 2009 16:52:38 Chris Jones wrote:
>>> I'll keep looking for the real reason. My Kubuntu workstation at work
>>> usually has more applications open and never uses swap.
>> Just out of interest, are they both the same OS ? Is one 32 bit and the
>> other 64 bit by chance ? 64bit OSes tend to use a little more ram that
>> 32bit (due to various things like pointers being twice as big) ...
> Well, they are both the same. Both are Jaunty 64-bit with the same 
> repositories. My computer at work does have more ram, but usually has way more 
> applications running. (Kontact, Amarok, some Konsole windows, Krita, 
> OpenOffice, Konqueror and KRDC,...) Memory is full of cache, but not 
> completely filled.

It just sounds to me like your home machine could do with a ram boost...

You say you are using more apps at work. That might be true but often 
there are only a few applications that use a lot of ram. Most are quite 
small normally. So it just sounds to me like your work machine has 
enough ram whilst your home ones doesn't. What ram sizes are we talking 
about here ?

As has already been said, there are only two real solutions.

1. Run less applications

2. Buy more ram

take your choice ;)


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