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Old 05-27-2014, 11:16 AM   #1
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Ram + Chrome + Linux OS?


Entitled: Ram + Chrome + Linux OS?

What I would like to know:
Is there a long term Linux Operating System that uses the least amount of ram to run Google Chrome and or Chromium and have a quick robust responsive OS which would fit my dual boot along with Windows XP?
The closest ref I could find is:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...os-4175500312/
which dose not address ram usage with Google chrome chromium running.

bobww99 cat. Beginner, Mint 16 and Peppermint 3 -2months approx. for both and ran on other computer boxes.

The old system I wish to dual boot along side a Linux OS into:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition,32 bit
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
System Manufacturer eMachines, Inc.
System Model Imperial
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~1794 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix 6.00, 11/20/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.31
Display Name: Intel 82845G Graphics Controller
Hard Disk Size: 37.27 GB (39.9 GB)
Partition: Disk#0,Partition #0
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Total Physical Memory 640.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 269.74 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.37 GB

Background to question:

None of these Google queries provide the answer:
Which long term release Linux Operating System can I use that uses the least amount of ram required to support Google chrome chromium.
Ram resources required to run Google chrome chromium in Linux.
How to ask a question to Google chrome chromium about Linux.
LQWiki search: Google chrome ram use all distros, Google chrome ram use all Linux distributions


What I Know:
This distribution would not fit my above requirements.
Lubuntu 14.04 claims that to have a responsive OS you need at least 1MB of Ram.
Ref:https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Release%2B1.

What I think I Know:
A low resource older Linux like Lubuntu and Puppy Linux would probably have the best chance of providing a OS/box?
With in the Lubuntu and Puppy is there long term Linux Operating System geared to provide an answer to the question. I have tried but I can not find anything specific other than Lubuntu Ref: above. Arch Linux tricky for beginners?

Possible correct answer.
All Linux OS's pretty much handle browsers the same way. The ram required to operate the browser is incumbent on the browser requirements of how much ram it needs to run.
If the above statement seems to be true, no need to reply.
If the above statement is approximately true, no need to reply.
If the above statement is wrong, please tell me why and which Linux OS should I examine and indicate a trusted ref. to support the reply.
Take a look at the ref: below:
Way over my head on the statement here. but might might be a answer within (a little to cryptic for my knowledge base.
Ref: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/w...sPrerequisites
Closest conversational information:
"Google Chrome (or rather 'Chromium') isn't ready for Linux yet" ---as of 2009
Ref: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ld-use-766763/

What I do not want to Know:
All the tweaks and rules regarding how configure Google chrome chromium in Linux in order to save ram, unless, they can be only done uniquely to a particular Linux OS. Would need to know why,how and References.
All the tweaks and rules regarding how configure Google chrome chromium in Linux--whole different topic.
Just add more ram!
Use chrome OS.

Thank You,
Bob

Last edited by bobww99; 06-04-2014 at 12:17 PM. Reason: SOLVED
 
Old 05-27-2014, 01:05 PM   #2
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Chrome is a memory hog. Open a few tabs and you can easily hit a couple of GB. The distro you choose is going to have minimal impact comparatively, as long as it's relatively light weight. Pick any of the XFCE, LXDE, etc. and you'll be at <200MB RAM usage for the OS. Fire up Chrome and you'll shoot through 1 GB as soon as you open a page.

Long story short, if you want to use Chrome, add RAM to the computer or buy a computer with more RAM. If you want to use that computer, then don't use Chrome (or Firefox).

One of my home machines has Win 7 32-bit with 4GB of RAM (about 3.2 usable). Win 7 only uses ~500MB of RAM IIRC, but if I open up chrome and leave it running for a while, I'll start to get low memory warnings. Who'd have thought you'd need a machine with 8+ GB of RAM in order to run a damn web browser...

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Old 05-27-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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Hi suicidaleggroll,

Good reply. Makes sense. I was just hoping to find a distribution that would handle a browser memory hog.
Maybe someone knows something we don't know?
Thanks,
Bob
 
Old 05-27-2014, 03:00 PM   #4
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Try AntiX. It runs before browser is running at around 62MB in Icewm on my P3 IBM T23 Laptop.

Chromium and Pepper Flash is in Synaptic Package manager.

I think ram usage can get lower if using F1 key at Slim Login and logging in with JWM which is also available
in a AntiX full Iso cd.

Edit: PS. I don't run Chromium on my IBM T23. I opted for Iceweasel and Downloaded Seamonkey instead and run the SeaMonkey bz2 as a outside install that updates seamonkey internally through
the browser.

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Old 05-27-2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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I was just hoping to find a distribution that would handle a browser memory hog.
The "memory hog" behavior is due to the design of Chrome, so no distribution can push that away. If you really need a Webkit based browser you may want to have a look at Midori or QupZilla, possibly also one of the more specialized browsers like dwb or Luakit. They all are more lightweight than Chrome.
 
Old 05-27-2014, 10:07 PM   #6
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"Total Physical Memory 640.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 269.74 MB"

Yep, you need to watch out for a light choice. There are a number of choices for lower resource systems. Generally the first thing to go is the full featured window manager like Gnome or KDE.
 
Old 05-28-2014, 04:24 PM   #7
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Chrome runs fine on a chromebook with 2GB RAM. But with 640MB, I don't know of any modern OS that will run well, with or without chrome.
 
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Chrome runs fine on a chromebook with 2GB RAM. But with 640MB, I don't know of any modern OS that will run well, with or without chrome.
Debian 7, Slackware 14.1, L/Xubuntu 14.04, antiX, Vector, all modern OSes, all will work well if you don't use Chrome.
 
Old 05-28-2014, 10:03 PM   #9
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antiX is a good choice. the O.P. asked about a long term release. antiX 13.2 is based on debian wheezy "stable" which should get updates for a couple of more years.

FYI - My stock MX-14 (based on antiX, but with XFCE desktop) running chrome with youtube and a video running, is using 309 MB of ram, and not touching swap. Uses 139 before chrome runs.

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Old 06-04-2014, 12:16 PM   #10
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Thanks for inputs. Will attempt antiX and see how that performs. At present the e-machine is down and may not be recoverable. I will close out this thread.
Bob
 
Old 06-20-2014, 11:31 AM   #11
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Chrome Responds

While the system requirements for Chrome is 512 MB. A reasonably used instance will easily consume 1 GB by itself (and that's not counting anything else you're running, or the OS).
--jeremy

Ref: http://www.chromeosquestions.org/thr...?p=326#post326

The above quote is from Chrome Web Master. I don't think I can drill down any deeper than the above.
Welcome to ChromeOSQuestions.org
May 07, 2013 - 3:16 PM - by jeremy
I'd like to welcome you to ChromeOSQuestions.org - the third site in The Questions Network. If you have an account at LinuxQuestions.org or AndroidQuestions.org, you already have an account here. We're still getting setup so this site should still be considered in BETA. We're interested in any feedback you may have, from site design and forum categories to bug reports and feature requests.
--jeremy
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:35 AM   #12
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While the system requirements for Chrome is 512 MB. A reasonably used instance will easily consume 1 GB by itself (and that's not counting anything else you're running, or the OS).
--jeremy

Ref: http://www.chromeosquestions.org/thr...?p=326#post326

The above quote is from Chrome Web Master. I don't think I can drill down any deeper than the above.
Welcome to ChromeOSQuestions.org
May 07, 2013 - 3:16 PM - by jeremy
I'd like to welcome you to ChromeOSQuestions.org - the third site in The Questions Network. If you have an account at LinuxQuestions.org or AndroidQuestions.org, you already have an account here. We're still getting setup so this site should still be considered in BETA. We're interested in any feedback you may have, from site design and forum categories to bug reports and feature requests.
--jeremy
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:34 PM   #13
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I think I read that Opera is going to use Chrome engine or may already. If so you can bet they'd speed it up and make it use less ram.
 
  


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