[xubuntu-users] xubuntu-users Digest, Vol 120, Issue 29

Len Philpot lphilpot01 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 21 23:35:37 UTC 2017

If I recall correctly, he justsuggested the following:

$ top <enter>


It's display-only (for the most part) unless you decide to delve into 
the man page and learn how to kill processes, etc. Isee no reason to 
waste system resources even when they're cheap (relatively). Not that I 
run a bare-bones system... if I did I wouldn't be on this list. But 
learning how to identify and maybe clean up one'ssystem a bit is an 
excellent suggestion, IMO.

Learning is never a bad thing. If they've never seen a command line 
before, then there's another good reason to get them to dip their toe in 
the pond. Plus, for virtually 100% of the folksI've encountered who had 
a fear of the command line, it was unfounded. CLI and GUI both have 
their place - Just use the right tool for the job. Even MS has admitted 
the CLI can be more efficient for somethings (i.e.,Server Core, 
PowerShell, etc.).

*Len Philpot*
lphilpot01 at gmail.com <mailto:lphilpot01 at gmail.com>
/Sent from Thunderbird on Xubuntu Linux/
On 01/21/2017 05:20 PM, JMZ wrote:
> I agree Peter that even for people running ubuntu flavors on 
> super-fast gamer boxes, it's good to try to economize on 
> applications.  However, suggesting that new users use the command line 
> interface (cli) as an economization measure might not often be wise.  
> Many people, especially "millennials", may never have seen a command 
> prompt before.  Many linux users take cli for granted, given our 
> familiarity with past computing systems completely run by text 
> command.  New users often need gui front-ends to compensate. Who can 
> blame many new users given their sole experience with highly graphical 
> environments?
> This is why I'd say it's better for a new ubuntu user to over-equip 
> their systems with RAM.  gui counterparts of commands should be as 
> easy and quick as possible.
> Jordan
> As in ham radio morse, 73 SK CL (out of this discussion for good)
> On 01/21/2017 05:28 PM, Peter Flynn wrote:
>> <snip>
>> There are things you can do to lessen the demands on memory -- one is to
>> run Xubuntu so that you use xfce as your interface instead of Unity
>> (Unity sucks all your memory into a black hole). Use lighter software:
>> eg Claws-Mail instead of Thunderbird. Use AbiWord instead of
>> LibreOffice. Use command-line utilities instead of graphical ones.
>> Unfortunately on the web browser front, they all seem to be memory-hogs.
>> ///Peter

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