Ask stupid questions and you'll get a stupid answers, was: Technological advantages over Linux

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Sun Jul 26 06:47:01 UTC 2020

On Sat, 25 Jul 2020 22:46:23 -0400
Aryeh Friedman <aryeh.friedman at> wrote:

>  The only thing I can think of is there is a HTML 5 game that I
> often leave open all the time

	That is probably causing Firefox to eat huge amounts of memory
starving everything else and making the system prone to swapping. Try
closing that window, restarting Firefox and then seeing how well your
machine works.

> So the only possible conclusion I can draw
> is it is X being extremely screwy on FreeBSD due to all the linux hacks in
> it (this despite X's claim it will work on any POSIX machine with the
> right video support).   As we move more and more towards wayland as being
> the pixel driver it gets worse.

	However that conclusion isn't supported by the experience of
others, it seems far more likely you have a memory hog, find it and
eliminate it (top is your friend, sorting my resident memory use) and
system performance will improve no end, and yes it may be your desktop
environment, but I'd bet on Firefox which leaks like a seive).

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

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