[SOLVED] KDE vs Gnome vs lxde vs xfce vs window managers for old computers.
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KDE vs Gnome vs lxde vs xfce vs window managers for old computers.
I have an old pc which is P4 2.85 Ghz, 2 GB RAM, Intel 8280 chipset.
I am running a icewm+xfe+lightdm based debian linux (wheezy) on it.
I know this setup is lightweight and it runs very well on my system.
I want to know whether Gnome 3 ,kde 4 ,lxde and xfce for my debian wheezy (from official repo only) will run slowly or fast?
And are the latest kde and gnome releases will run faster or slower in my PC.
I am very sure that both gnome and kde (from official repo and latest) will run slower in my pc.Am I wrong?
Please don't say Go and Try.My bandwidth speed is very low.
Rarely used Gnome, but I should think it's about the same as KDE. KDE4 might run slowly, depending on how many things you've got running. XFCE and LXDE are lighter on resources, so should be faster. And there is no substitute for trying these things for yourself.
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
I think LXDE is a good choice when looking for a light weight graphical interface. However this is a matter of personal taste. Your computer might still be able to run KDE with all the 3D special effects turned off but it will be a little slow still. I think KDE uses 700MB from your RAM just to run.
Gnome probably wont run at all or who knows we might be surpriced. If it run though it will take away one of the two GB of RAM you have in your computer.
When looking for a windows manager I tent to preffer Engligtenment because it gives you lots of stuff from full desktop managers. I like to pair Enlightement with PCmanFM file browser
I also like Slim for display manager instead of GDM or LightDM.
I dont dislike any graphical interface I just think they have their own place with the right machine.
I run Icewm on this Atom 270 netbook with 2 gig of ram with slim with AntiX with Debian Testing .
I put a ssd in it. It powers on from touching the power button and gets me to slim login screen in 13 seconds (1 Mississippi at a time).
On the exact same netbook specs but with a platter pata drive. I run XFCE with Solydxk and it takes a bit longer (I never did the Mississippi test) to get to lightdm but I never let it concern me.
The amount of processes running in XFCE vs Icewm is miles apart. More processes means a speed hit. SSD helps with speed hits I guess.
I would not bring KDE, or Gnome near these netbooks. Maybe RazorQT or Mate.
E17 would be another.
xfce and lxde would be your best choices, as gnome 3 and kde 4 are both resource intensive on the graphics side. You didn't mention your graphics card, but given the age of the machine, you would likely have issues.
of the 2, i like xfce if I'm using a desktop environment, but I rarely do. LXDE is the least resource intensive, and the most like running just a wm with a panel added. I'm currently using fluxbox with a lxde panel for shortcuts.
I've got an xfce 4.8 (from debian wheezy repos) installed on a atom system with 2 gb of ram. runs pretty well, but there is a noticeable difference between fluxbox or icewm and xfce on that system. If you are used to operating with just a windowmanager, and icewm is a pretty good one, you may be disapointed with a full de.
fun fact: lxde used to use icewm as it's window manager, but they switched to openbox several years ago.
I just booted the other netbook to show the differences between XFCE with lightdm on the other Netbook. On the boot test I timed it at 40 seconds to lightdm but I blame the slow
pata hard drive on this one. Check out ram usage and number of processes running vs Icewm in
my last post.
Your computer is faster than mine and has more RAM, and I don't have a graphics card. I can run KDE and Gnome, but they're a bit sluggish. If you have decent graphics acceleration, you might find them fine. But if you just fancy a full desktop, go for Xfce or Mate.
LXDE tends to be a trial when it comes to configuration. If the limited tools provided don't do what you want, then editing the file is more complicated than with Ice: poor layout and no instructions. It's also going to be going through major changes over the next few years, as they switch from GKT to Qt.
I have one confusion plz clarify
"Gnome 3,KDE 4 are suitable for New systems.
For old systems, xfce,lxde,fluxbox,icewm are more suitable than Gnome 3 and Kde 4."
Are these above things true or not?
Also,I tried Gnome 3 and kde 4 in my debian wheezy.Gnome 3 goes into fallback mode only.Is there any way to change it?
KDE4 runs I haven't tried any kde apps yet.
But,i like using icewm and xfe and lightdm than gnome kde xfce lxde.
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
Xfce,LXDE, Fluxbox, IceWM. Are not just for older computers. They happens to run fine on a older computer but there is people out there running these graphical interfaces on brand new computers. There are modern distros that are optimazed to work with Xfce. Take a look at Ubuntu Studio.