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High memory usage in Fedora 25

asked 2017-06-05 11:36:39 -0500

mahmoudkhalil11 gravatar image

Hi all, I'm new to Fedora and I've just installed Fedora workstation 25 and I really like it but I think It uses a lot of RAM after a fresh boot, It uses about 1.0-1.2 GB of RAM after fresh boot and when I open couple of tabs in Firefox and evince for example it uses about 2.1 GB of RAM, even after I close them and the system becomes idle the memory usage stays as its. so am I missing something or should I do any tweaking after a fresh installation or is this normal? Thanks in advance.

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answered 2017-06-05 13:48:55 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2017-06-06 00:16:13 -0500

No special tweak needed. Gnome is memory hungry and that usage is totally normal. If you want a less memory-hungry Desktop, you should look into one of the spins (esp. XFCE, LXDE, Hawaii, Mate, ...).

Your memory should be freed or freeable again after you close an application - use top or free -mto monitor usage.

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I would say that even KDE is lightweight compared to GNOME :-P

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2017-06-05 13:50:52 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-06-05 13:43:55 -0500

masteroman gravatar image

updated 2017-06-05 13:44:36 -0500

Linux shows your ram usage differently than for example Windows. There's funny web page explaining ram usage very well:

Regarding requirements they're available in the release notes.

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The minimum requirements stated in the Release Notes seem to be very much outdated. They are referring to a default desktop (Fedora 25 with Gnome) but 1 GB memory is certainly not enough to run Gnome (neither are 1 Ghz CPU and 10 GB of disk space).

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-06-06 00:18:31 -0500 )edit

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