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I just installed openbox via sudo apt-get install openbox. It already has obconf, btw.

I noticed that when I logged into my openbox session instead of the one I usually use (gnome-panel and NOT Ubuntu 2D or one of the high overhead environments) and checked via htop, I found that a similar amount of RAM was being occupied (~600 MB or so) with openbox or gnome-panel.

What gives? Openbox looks lighter but it certainly isn't any different. Obviously the same daemons etc would run in both environments as they share the same folders.

Is gnome-panel as good as openbox then?


The comparison of memory used is quite similar and the gain isn't large by any means (by using openbox) htop output with gnome-panel

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htop output with openbox session

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Could you please edit your post to include actual data? Which specific process do you attribute to openbox overhead? IMO, a fairer way to test would be to compare RAM "occupied" on a pure Lubuntu installation and not on a "hybrid" system that has a variety of desktops even though only one is selected at login. – user25656 Oct 29 '12 at 17:12
@vasa1 Will do shortly! – drN Oct 29 '12 at 17:13
@vasa1 Just included screenshots of htop – drN Oct 29 '12 at 17:52
It's a bit unclear but even I don't know how to output to a file rather than a screenshot. Anyway, assuming things are sorted with RAM hogs at the top, I'm not seeing anything that's specific to openbox near the top. Or maybe I'm just misunderstanding your issue. – user25656 Oct 29 '12 at 18:04

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