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Fedora Spin closest to default (Gnome) for old laptop.

asked 2018-04-17 14:32:49 -0500

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I have an old laptop whose main limitation is memory (4GB, not extensible, i3-2365M 1.4GHz). I am used to the default (Gnome) based distribution but memory usage is all the time at 100%, si I wanted to explore other options.

What is a lightweight distribution (at least in memory terms), that is also the closest to a Gnome interface (either classic or Gnome shell).

XFCE, LXQt seem good options but I am not sure if they are really light as they claim. I tried LXDE in the past, but it was so different to Gnome classic/shell that I couldn't figure out a few configuration options and it was really ugly.

Any particular recommendation, taking into account the memory constrains?

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answered 2018-04-17 16:00:34 -0500

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My personal preference is Xfce, and I have no trouble running F 26 on my laptop with, as you say, 4GB not extensible. Works great, even with Compiz, and doesn't try to dictate what your desktop should look like. In fact, I have both my desktop and laptop set up with one panel at the bottom and the icons on the left side of the screen just as I did under Win98 because that's what i'm comfortable with.

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Good to know, did you install XFCE from scratch (XFCE spin) or you just installed the XFCE desktop? (I am afraid that just adding XFCE will just bring a bloated desktop

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2018-04-17 17:13:29 -0500 )edit

I originally added Xfce to Gnome2, to avoid the "upgrade" to Gnome3. I have, however, reinstalled the Xfce spin since then.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-04-17 17:29:58 -0500 )edit

Thank you. I tried both in boxes, LXQt uses about 1GB memory at start and about 1.2GB with a Web browser open. XFCE uses 1.2GB and about 1.5GB with Firefox open. Both will be fast I think in a real installation. Althoug, LXQt installation is quite basic. Also, I tried disabling Wayland in Gnome (my current installation) and the interface seems to be fast, but I am not sure.

alfC gravatar imagealfC ( 2018-04-18 01:30:30 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-04-18 05:18:35 -0500

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I am using Fedora 28 XFCE spin, and it is fantastic, but wouldn't the MATE-Compiz spin be closer to classic Gnome? That said, though the XFCE version that ships in Fedora 28 has an optional xfdashboard deamon that you can enable in the startup options. It provides a Gnome-shell like experience. I don't use Gnome much, but I like XFCE because it is so flexible and just as light on resources as Openbox.

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