[TEAM] Modifying the minimum required RAM
oak at helsinkinet.fi
Tue Jan 24 19:59:58 UTC 2017
On 01/24/2017 11:29 AM, Dave Pearson wrote:
> Just ran some tests on yesterdays Zesty 64bit ISO on a Virtual Box VM set for
> 1GB ram.
> Even with the slight performance loss on running on a VM, I was working
> acceptably with File manager, Firefox (two tabs) Gnome software, terminal and
> Calc (slight delay on Calc straight after swapping from Software to Calc, but
> after a few second that stopped.
> But looking at 'Top' Gnome software and Calc were the biggest memory uses.
I think that's just because they map a lot of files, it's
not real memory usage.
Instead of "top", use e.g. this tool:
And look at the PSS information.
(PSS information changes depending on how many apps are running
as unlike RSS & VmSize, it takes memory sharing into account.)
> I usually do my iso testing on VM's with 2GB of ram, and while you do get a much
> better perforamce with 2, those people who will be using older hardware with
> 1GB, would know not to expect to run loads of apps at once and expect a fluid
Most of the apps are fine in 1GB even if you run a lot of them.
Only things like www-browsers, LibreOffice and manipulating large images
e.g. in Gimp are really memory hungry.
(Real-time video editing is already otherwise too demanding for
these machines. :-))
> On 24 January 2017 at 01:32 Pasi Lallinaho <pasi at shimmerproject.org> wrote:
> Canonical developers do not benchmark or run any regular testing on
> Xubuntu; this is not their work. Whether they do that for Ubuntu, I
> don't know. To be exact, Canonical "only" offers the infrastructure for
> If there are volunteers who are willing to set up a benchmarking
> process, run the benchmarks and ideally work on improving code in order
> to succeed better in the benchmarks, we're totally welcoming them.
> I haven't run Xubuntu on low-memory (virtual) machines lately, so I have
> no idea what the usability is below 2GB RAM, but I'm pretty sure it's
> Setting the minimum any higher than the "acceptable" doesn't make any
> sense. If we consider 1GB memory bringing an acceptable experience but
> set the minimum to 2GB, we could potentially turn out people with just
> 1GB memory – just by telling the minimum is 2GB. In other words, by
> setting the minimum too high, we would put Xubuntu out of reach for some
> users only *socially* (as technically they could still run Xubuntu).
> This is why the minimum should be as low as possible.
> Ultimately smoothness and acceptable responsiveness is very subjective;
> this is why we have minimum and recommended. Maybe you're saying
> recommended should be 2GB; if the minimum is 1GB, this sounds sensible.
> On 2017-01-24 02:49, JMZ wrote:
> Do Canonical developers routinely benchmark xubuntu (and other
> flavors) against a Windows or Mac OSX version? In other words, should
> the recommended xubuntu RAM size be sufficient to run programs at a
> speed similar to the memory-hungry programs on a Windows or Mac box
> (Office, Internet Exploder, etc.)? For xubuntu, I'm thinking of the
> Firefox, Thunderbird, and LibreOffice triad in particular. As
> flocculant wrote, 1024 MB should be the very minimum. I would say
> 2048 MB should be the minimum, but that would place xubuntu out of the
> reach of many computer users globally.
> On 01/23/2017 06:29 PM, Pasi Lallinaho wrote:
> What is comfortable is definitely subjective, but I think the minimum
> system requirements should reflect an environment where you run one
> resource-intensive application at a time at most. Or in other words,
> you shouldn't expect to be able to edit high quality video and watch
> another at the same time smoothly with the minimum requirements.
> However, you should be able to be somwhat productive with your work
> with those resources.
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