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  • Power Use, RAM + Boot Times With Unity, Xfce, GNOME, LXDE, Budgie & KDE Plasma

    Phoronix: Power Use, RAM + Boot Times With Unity, Xfce, GNOME, LXDE, Budgie & KDE Plasma

    One of the first follow-on requests from this morning's Razer Blade Stealth Linux testing was for on top of all the other data-sets shared in that article to also look at the RAM usage, battery power draw, and boot times for the different desktop options on Ubuntu 17.04. As the request came in from a Phoronix Premium supporter, I jumped on that and here are some of those numbers.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=25133

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    #inb4debianxfce

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    • #3
      Was Akonadi running when using KDE?

      Originally posted by AsuMagic View Post
      #inb4debianxfce
      GhostOfFunkS too
      Last edited by tildearrow; 08-30-2017, 05:05 PM. Reason: add question about KDE

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      • #4
        KDE 5 is a freaking resource hog and the worst offender is Plasma. Ever since KDE4 was introduced KDE developers have stopped caring about speed, performance and optimizations. That's sad really because I used to love KDE, but now I'm using XFCE exclusively.

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        • #5
          Michael how PTS determines the KDE version? It is displaying "KDE Frameworks 5" on the desktop part, probably the output of plasmasheel would be a better way or more precise

          Code:
          plasmashell --version
          # plasmashell 5.10.5

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          • #6
            What about LXQT

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            • #7
              Yup it definitely depends on how the DE is preconfigured. I'm using KDE Neon which is a pretty spartan distro, and at start up it uses ~400mb of RAM with desktop effects and ~380 without.

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              • #8
                KDE looks different for me, but I also have a Gentoo system and not all "default" services are running. I think that can make a difference. Also integration of each distribution might vary the results. Nevertheless it is to assume that things like xfce4 start up faster.

                My fastest result (not a full DE though) was twm.
                Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!

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                • #9
                  What the hell did they manage to do to Budgie in Ubuntu? Jesus.

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                  • #10
                    Why not include the plasma5 Wayland session too?

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