RE: X becoming a memory hog

> Yes its a memory hog and has been for some time. Gnome and enlightenment
> don't help. I think sawmill probabaly uses less memory.
> This is a point where I think open sourse has a problem because people
> complain about windows bloat when in fact linux + X + Gnome + WM requires
> more hardware to run at the same speed. 

I've got several old sun ELCs with 4MB of RAM set up as B&W X-terms that
work fine for light use.  Though they do need an ocassional reset every
few weeks due to what I believe is a memory leak in the old Sun x-server.  
I've also got some old Sun 3/80s (Motorola 68030 @ 20MHz) with color
output and 16MB RAM configured the same way and get zero complaints from
their users.  Since all their apps run on a single headless system I've
managed to get quite a few additional years out of that old hardware.

It's been years since I've set them up but if I recall correctly
deactivating backing store on the X server helped memory usage a fair
amount.  With a good network connection the speed is not an issue.

Not trying to argue here.  I agree that Gnome and enlightenment is too
heavy.  Switching to Window Maker helped response time quite a bit over
October gnome default.  Just pointing out that X does have it's

Take Care,

James Thompson    138 Cardwell Hall  Manhattan, Ks   66506    785-532-0561 
Kansas State University                          Department of Mathematics

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