Xubuntu features that users like

Eero Tamminen oak at helsinkinet.fi
Wed Apr 24 16:19:57 UTC 2013


On keskiviikko 24 huhtikuu 2013, Bruno Benitez wrote:
> Yes, HUD integration might increase system load, but would that harm
> much? i think not.

On several years old laptop with Intel IGP, Unity and Gnome3
desktop performance is clearly subpar [1], while Xubuntu works

I would say that compositing desktop starts to perform well enough
when one has something like desktop i3 IGP with at least 2GB (system)
RAM.  If you have something older & slower, especially with mobile
version of IGP, or less RAM, it's uncomfortably slow.

There's also increasing number of ARM devices, tablets and things like rPi
(which run at ~1Ghz and have 0.5 - 1GB of RAM).   While these can run
current Xubuntu fairly comfortably, compositing desktops are not that
good match for them, because of compositing memory overhead [1], especially
for larger resolution (HDTV) desktops, and window sizes on such desktops.

	- Eero

[1] It's a bit funny when people so lightly suggest adding non-optional
    compositing memory overhead to Xubuntu when people obsess about gnome
    library dependencies, which memory impact would be smaller than
    the memory overhead from composited windows...

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