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Hello Linux Low Riders !

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Welcome to the Sub 150MB linux showoff , doing things that Windows can only dream of thumb.gif

~ Post your Low RAM usage Linux Builds ~



it could be a HTPC, a desktop / laptop build or perhaps perform dual functions as a router or firewall . Of course anyone can stop services and post a low RAM score. For example I run Synapse Search as its excellent for launching things super fast, it eats about 6MB of RAM but its worth it ! but I don't use bluetooth so that is disabled on boot, I consider that a tweak as its not something I actually need. ! So a usable space with the programs you run on a fresh boot must be included !

* The conditions must be that it is a build you use as a Daily driver for tasks & it must have a proper functioning GUI with a SUB 150MB usage on boot*

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Architecture:

RAM Usage:

Overall System Memory:


Machine Type:

What is its primary purpose:

What Distribution is it:

What Tweaks have been used to achieve the low RAM balance:

your favourite Recommended light weight application:


A Desktop Pic for Fun ?



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I will start biggrin.gif

Architecture 32 - bit
RAM Usage: 134 MB
Overall System RAM: 1946MB


Machine Type: Old Pentium Dual Core Laptop

What is its primary purpose: Browsing / Shopping

What Distribution is it: Linux Mint 14 'Nadia' XFCE

What Tweaks have been used to achieve the low RAM balance:

Disabled Bluetooth,
Turned off save session on logout,
no splash,
Turned off Mint upload,
Turned off Mint welcome,
Turned off Print Que Applet,
simple desktop image,
no compositing,

Your favourite Recommended light weight application:

Audacious Audio player.
Htop system information Terminal program.



Desktop Pic for Fun:




Even though my build it isn't the lightest by i still have libre office and firefox (Sacralidged) tongue.gif I know i could use even more memory efficient programs but im not sure which ones are best? Hopefully this thread will be a guide to those wanting to know the most efficient way to get a nice functioning desktop on low resources
Edited by Pip Boy - 4/8/13 at 7:40am
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Only computer of mine that I have access to from work ( most are tied to local network only ), will get my desktop and laptop later which respectively run between 40-60MB;

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What application are you using to see the stats?
    
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Both of the above screens are ` htop `, though ` top ` ( standard in every distro ) is basically the same just less human readable in some areas. You could also use ` free -m `.
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I don't get the whole low ram obsession. Ram is there, so that it's used not unused. Whats the point of having a lot of ram, if its not used ??

anyway my server (does not have a GUI though)

[root@Kirkwood ~]# free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 119 96 23 0 0 52
-/+ buffers/cache: 42 77
Swap: 0 0 0
[root@Kirkwood ~]#

Lastest ArchlinuxARM, 128MB of ram, Seagate Dockstar device running off a 4GB usb drive..
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post #6 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by hojnikb View Post

I don't get the whole low ram obsession. Ram is there, so that it's used not unused. Whats the point of having a lot of ram, if its not used ??

Not everyone has a ton of ram. A few of my machines only have 128MB -> 256MB so for me getting RAM usage down as low as I could was needed. I also don't use swap / paging, so that leaves me with even less to play with. And ever since then, I don't see a point in wasting system resources. Main reason I use barebone distro's, don't have to deal with the BS, only have what I want and nothing more.
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Originally Posted by hojnikb View Post

I don't get the whole low ram obsession. Ram is there, so that it's used not unused. Whats the point of having a lot of ram, if its not used ??

anyway my server (does not have a GUI though)

[root@Kirkwood ~]# free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 119 96 23 0 0 52
-/+ buffers/cache: 42 77
Swap: 0 0 0
[root@Kirkwood ~]#

Lastest ArchlinuxARM, 128MB of ram, Seagate Dockstar device running off a 4GB usb drive..


Thanks for posting your server, servers are welcome.. but the rules require a GUI and its not a negative discussion its a bit of fun. Hopefully it will help to those who want to keep it simple and clean tongue.gif


FYI there is no 'obsession' with low RAM as in itself but more the fact you know your not wasting often precious resources and clock cycles when you don't have too, not everyone has a beefy machine to run linux on there is a huge amount of people who survive older hardware using Linux. Also Linux can get bloaty too in the RAM department if you load up a typical main stream Distro release and often its using services for things your never likely to use which are taking small amounts of CPU, which also reduces battery life. I remember someone recently posting how their laptop would run 40 mins longer using Mint xfce than a Stock Ubuntu release ! that's a sizeable amount.


Just like anything there is the main stream releases and the enthusiast corner.

Quote:
What application are you using to see the stats?

Mine is using htop. I had to install it as it didnt come with mint xfce. The usual sudo apt-get install htop works. Then run terminal and simply type htop thumb.gif
Edited by Pip Boy - 4/7/13 at 9:31am
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Originally Posted by Shrak View Post

I also don't use swap / paging

Also something I have disabled on install.
post #9 of 31
RAM Usage: 30MB
Overall System Memory: 2GB
Machine Type: Lenovo Thinkpad X200 (AU$100 on ebay)
What is its primary purpose: my only laptop, emails, web surfing, ssh to servers
What Distribution is it: OpenBSD 5.1
What Tweaks have been used to achieve the low RAM balance: None
your favourite Recommended light weight application: OpenBSD's CWM



It's worth noting that although you only see a background, most of the window manager functionality is in the keyboard shortcuts. It has some seriously powerful functionality that even if I could run KDE at 30MB I would still pick CWM.
Edited by CaptainBlame - 4/7/13 at 9:39am
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ok, so my current install using DWM


(It was 80 before I opened urxvt and 73 before I set the wallpaper. At boot to console it's 66)

RAM use: 83MBs

Total system RAM: ~8GB (some reserved for iGPU)

System type: Quad core AMD Phenom @3.3GHz. HD4250 iGPU (no problems with full HD playback or netflix with FOSS driver BTW)

purpose: general purpose

distro: LMDE UP6 (with numerous Window Managers and Desktop Environments, DWM used above)

how: I disabled every service and startup application I don't need. (basically the vast majority of them) I also saw a drop in RAM use going from Linux to Liquorix. (why, don't ask me. could be BFS but the 20MB drop still seems high. could be something else, but can't think what)

recommended: Besides the window manager and things like that, my favourite GUI program that kind of carters to being 'lightweight' is definitely urxvt. ALso for beginners looking to strip the system down, the service section of the mate-control-center (or gnome-control-center from gnome 2) is dead simple to use and sure helped me before I became better with init (in systemd I'd probably still want it) not sure how well it installs outside of mate and if any extra packages are needed for the service section though.

also, this isn't sub-150, but since it's the lowest gnome3 (64-bit) start ram usage I've seen on Linux (I've seen some pictures of OpenBSD going lower, but it is OpenBSD) I'm going to post this:



I might run lower if I could get it to work without a display manager, but as it is I just sudo mdm from the console

also, just a recommendation, since 32-bit systems can use as little as half that of 64-bit while doing the same stuff, I think the arch of the system should be in the list of things asked for

EDIT--

to add my 2cents for the user how was asking why low RAM, it's not an obsession- I just didn't need the services, so I cut them. all the ones I need want are still there, like virtualbox (although sometimes not because it doesn't always build right for liquorix) or wifi. I also typically have BOINC running, which can notch on a ~20MBs or more, but it doesn't bother me (although I disabled it for the above measurement) RAM in really use is fine, RAM filled but out of use is not. Also because I use a desktop and run BOINC almost 24/7 I have all power-save type options off as well
Edited by jrl1357 - 4/7/13 at 1:21pm
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