[PLUG] Looking at distros for old desktops

Devendra Laulkar devendralaulkar at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 08:51:17 IST 2010


> flash stuff though. I did notice in the System Monitor that firefox
> was taking 92 MiBs. Wondering why this would be so.

Firefox can be a big memory hog at times.

> If I look at the System Monitior GUI, I see Memory used 228.7 MiB of
> 985.9 MiB, Swap used 0 bytes of 1.9 GiB. Even if I calculate the kB in
> MiB (mibibytes) this much disparity shouldn't be there. In such cases
> I would trust the /proc entries over the GUI. Where did you do your
> reading? Do you see any such disparity in your system?

You have to also take into account memory used for buffers and cache
in the meminfo.
The system monitor gui value is correct. See also 'free' command.

> I guess I have the bandwidth ... the patience gene is absent in the
> family :). Do you mean the Xubuntu Server or the Alternate Install?
> Was wondering how far can software installs on top of a base system be
> scripted.

No I mean a barebones minimal CD (of around 12MB) that you use, and
get everything else from the Internet. You can get it from
Similar to netinst Debian CD.


May the Source be with you.

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