Huge instability and insanely large memory footprint in 9.04

George Farris farrisg at
Thu Sep 24 21:12:05 UTC 2009

Sorry for the top post but did you check trackerd?  I have had to kill
that rotten ba***rd off many times for using cpu.


On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 15:08 -0400, Martin Owens wrote:
> Hey Caroline,
> On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 18:58 +0100, Caroline Ford wrote:
> >         
> > You don't have enough RAM. 1 GB is pretty low by today's standards.
> > You may be happier with xubuntu on a lower spec machine, but as you've
> > got a fast CPU then you should get more RAM as it is a clear
> > bottleneck. 
> I don't think I agree, I do refurbished computers which are normally P4
> CPUs with 512MB of RAM. According to tests an Ubuntu machine will work
> reasonably well on 390MB of RAM or more, but less and it won't work very
> well at all.
> XUbuntu should be used on PIII machines with 128->256MB of RAM and we
> normally have enough 128MB SDRAM sticks to upgrade them. But anything
> less and it's scrap metal.
> At first I took offence at your idea that 1GB is low "by today's
> standards", but then I took a moment and thought that perhaps it's a
> degree of ignorance on your part about who Ubuntu is being developed
> for.
> It's not being developed (as Windows 7 is) for the latest and greatest
> computers being sold right this second. It's being developed for all
> computers ranging from the old P4s mentioned to the sub-powered Atom and
> Arm netbooks all the way up to the monster 16GB RAM Gaming rigs for
> playing Savage2.
> It it's not working on a computer with 1GB of RAM, then we need to fix
> it. This is clearly not a case of user error.
> Best Regards, Martin Owens

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