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To be honest, I just got a little bit disappointed in linux... I just found out that my Mozilla browser (with 2 browsing tabs) takes up like 190MB and that is a lot!! although i have 512MB RAM, I still think it's a lot! So I was wondering is this normal? When i'm using Netbeans (a java programming IDE) 130MB is occupied by that program too. I switched from GNOME 1.4 to blackbox 0.65.0 to lower my system resources, but at this moment i'm using 272MB RAM. I'm also running mysql, but that isn't taking up so much memory.. at least not yet...
And i'm also running httpd, that's at least 24MB and at most 50MB.
anyone got any ideas on this? maybe a good light browser?
It's probably just the kernel using your ram to speed things, instead of having it sit there by it's 1337 self doing nothing. As long as your machine isnt slow, dont worry about it. I mean, you paided for all that ram right, so why not use it for cache-ing things?
Even with WindowMaker and very few services, my RAM is taking up 240MB (out of 256). This seems like a lot at first glance, but its all idle memory. The second something really needs it (3D game) all the programs let the RAM go. Mozilla goes down to 10MB if Im running some high RAM program and stuff like that. I NEVER experience slowdown. I guess Linux just handles memory that way.
Don't worry, it is just the way memory management if done on Linux. When memory is needed by other processes more memory is released that too cleanly. I believe, windows is pretty bad at cleaning up memory even after a process/program crashes.
Originally posted by restless I must admit that my system still stays fast and all.. but it's just freaky for me to know that linux is taking up so much memory without me knowing where my memory goes...
"/proc/meminfo" tells you how the kernel is using the memory. Unless you are having performance problems there is really no reason to worry about it.