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Old 12-26-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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Where can I find 'desktop environment' comparisons?


I'd like to know which one, given the same computer, will operate the quickest.

I don't know if that is even is possible...

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Old 12-26-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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This might help:

http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials...m-performance-

I don't know that you will easily find benchmarks comparing Gnome, KDE, LXDE, and XFCE on the same platform. My cursory search didn't turn up anything.

You might try running GkrellM under the desktops you're interested in and comparing the outputs. If your distro does not include GkrellM, it's likely in the repos.

Just based on my personal experience, I think that KDE, especially KDE v. 4 with Akonadi, is heavier than Gnome.

XFCE is lighter than either of those and LXDE is almost as light as a window manager, but I can't cite stats.

I am not a fan of Akonadi. I think it is a lot of overhead that accomplishes little, but, then, I'm a Fluxbox kind of guy.

Except for the Akonadi thing, I tend to prefer KDE over Gnome; I find KDE's tools (like the system settings, infocenter, etc.) far more useful than the Gnome equivalents.

Good luck.
 
Old 12-26-2010, 10:46 PM   #3
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These might help:
 
Old 12-27-2010, 08:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the excellent posts!
 
Old 12-27-2010, 08:48 AM   #5
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Often the distro is more important than the GUI. Mandriva running Gnome takes twice the CPU load and memory that Debian does. In my test, Debian running Gnome was like Fedora running Fluxbox. I can't speak for speed though.
 
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Using the same computer and distro I think you can roughly estimate it in this way, performancewise:

faster -> slower

(Any WM) -> LXDE -> Enlightenment -> XFCE -> GNOME -> KDE

But I don't know if realy LXDE or Enlightenment is faster, and I don't know about performance if you for example change th WM of GNOME to Openbox or Compiz.
But I am sure that the fastest should always be a pure WM.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
 
  


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