Originally Posted by 100557662
Nice, how're you liking Slack as your daily driver?
Impressive ram usage as well, especially with KDE. With XFCE on Gentoo I get approx. 300 mb at idle, so its super impressive you can drop even lower. I suspect your kernel has been debloated, I did mine a while back but had to revert when I was switching Intel to AMD when I could not find the required kernel options to reenable heh.
I've been relying on Slackware for almost 17 years and though I still try others out for a good long test ride (several months at around 10 hours per week) nothing does what I want without complications like Slackware. OpenSuSe wasn't bad but I really hate all the hoops I must jump through on systemd/pulseaudio systems. I haven't done Gentoo in five years but it's a great distro that is the closest I've seen to Slackware in solid stability.. I do prefer Slackware's more BSD-like init system, though, just to mention one feature that sets it apart.
I game rather a lot and do semi-pro DAW work so I have relied on Xfce a lot for several years and just use KWin for the WM-Compositor and load KDE libraries at the start. One cool thing about Slackware is that it comes with around 10 WM/DEs (assuming one uses the "Recommended Full Install" - which I always do) and I boot to CLI and use "kdm" tp get to the "Chooser" so it's trivial to switch up Desktops. So I'd run KDE for work and social sessions but switch to Xfce for gaming and serious DAW audio work. However this latest version of Xfce has dropped some features that are a pita to workaround and it's...well... kinda buggy. I find it very annoying that it will often load an old desktop or multiple instances of say, conky. I expect an OpSys or any environment to do the same thing every time at least 99% of the time and ~70% is just too low for me.... makes me nervous and angry.
So I've relied a lot more heavily on KDE and thankfully the team has improved it's footprint a lot, made it easier to reduce or eliminate much of "the culprits" or all of them if one can accept some reduced function. I can multibox 2 or 3 instances of a game under wine, while running a game com app (like RaidCall, TeamSpeak or Discord) and Firefox with 50 tabs up and still have lots of headroom. I'm very pleased. Oh yeah, I am using a custom 4.7.5 kernel but it's not yet been pared down from the default Huge Slackware Kernel at 7.2 MB. I expect I will cut that almost in half within a few months but it's not really a pressing issue anymore. My main reason for customizing is just to have a tickless, realtime low-latency kernel with no initrd. I have TeraBytes of hdd space.