Tuning for very little RAM
wblock at wonkity.com
Wed Jan 6 17:52:35 UTC 2010
On Wed, 6 Jan 2010, Charlie Kester wrote:
> Assuming you have to use X, you'll want to avoid heavyweight desktop
> environments like KDE or Gnome. I like tiled window managers like musca
> or dwm myself, but your skeptics will probably want a more traditional
> window manager (aka MS-Windows clone) like xfce or openbox.
Hey, xfce is not like Windows, it's fast. If you want really light and
Windows-like, icewm. Although last time I tried it, desktop icons--the
lifeblood of the typical Windows user--required external programs
(idesk) and were a hassle.
> When you say "internet (with plugins)" I think you mean Firefox. If
> this isn't a hard and fast requirement, take a look at some of the more
> lightweight browsers like Midori, Kazehakase or Arora. (I'd recommend
> even more lightweight alternatives like surf or elinks, but I don't
> think your skeptics will approve.)
AdblockPlus and FlashBlock are near requirements for browsing,
particularly for slow machines. Maybe they'll work with non-Firefox
> Same for OpenOffice. There are alternatives to each of the apps in the
> OpenOffice suite that might not have all the same bells and whistles,
> but will run in much less RAM.
gnumeric is nice for a spreadsheet. May not be particularly
lightweight, but lighter than OO.
-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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