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Re: Running GNOME with 128 MB RAM - Painfully slow?

On 2010-04-05 11:36, Tech Geek wrote:

So I did get a chance to add swap to my system and guess what it made a
significant difference. I had two instances of iceweasel, one instance of
gedit, 3 gnome-terminal window open and the system is still running pretty

You'd save a good amount of RAM by using rxvt and vim-gtk, also by moving to XFce.

Since the default rxvt font is so small, this is what I have in my panel launcher:
   urxvt -sl 10000 -font -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-r

decently. I know there is always the debate between how much Swap is
sufficient - for my purpose, first I added 256 MB of swap file on the
installation partition and then I reduced to 128 MB of swap and the system
was still responsive. I don't know how far low I can go but for now it looks
it will do the trick. I am so relieved that swap solution worked out pretty
fine. I did not want to move to another distro because I like Debian a lot!

I wonder if there is a way by which the swap dynamically grows in size as an
when required?

Do you mean "size of the swap *file*", like what Windows does?  No.

Both swap partitions and swap files are fixed size; you can, though, at any time dynamically add more swap files.

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