Xubuntu Gutsy Gibbon - Low Resource Showoff - 2007-11-14

Jelle de Jong jelledejong at powercraft.nl
Fri Nov 16 08:31:57 UTC 2007

Eero Tamminen wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wednesday 14 November 2007, Jelle de Jong wrote:
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>> Hello al,
>> I just wanted everybody to see what a performance tweaked version of
>> Xubuntu Gutsy Gibbon can look like. There are no changes made to the
>> kernel. So it is possible to tweak it even more.
>> http://imagebin.ca/view/8uPq8MTU.html
>> http://imagebin.ca/download/8uPq8MTU.png
> Erm.  It shows XFCE terminal taking 99MB of virtual memory of which 20MB is
> resident.  On my (Feisty) Kubuntu desktop "konsole" takes currently 32MB
> virtual memory of which 14MB is resident.  I'd say XFCE terminal needs a bit
> of attention from Valgrind memcheck and massif tools...
> It also seems that you don't have a session manager.  If you use gdm as your
> session manager, by setting it to do autologin, you save quite a bit of
> memory because it's its UI that uses most of RAM.  Gdm configuring doesn't
> need any init scripts hacking and with autologin you still get the normal
> Gdm login screen when you log out (instead of e.g. shutdown).
> 	- Eero

Yes, xfce4-terminal is a real memory eater, also libvte9 makes
gnome-pty-helper tread every time a terminal is opened this is also not
very nice. Not much I can do about this problem, because I seem to be
the only person caring about it.

I indeed don't use gdm but compiled a automatic login command. I like it
that way. It's for an one user workstation, so its ok for me.

Due to the memory model of Linux and its caching system, it's a bit
tricky to connect memory use with performance. However it does say
something about the needed memory for an application to be able to run.

Kind regards,


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