I have a dual boot laptop with 512 MB RAM running Windows XP/Xubuntu. I try to load student.portal.chalmers.se (a huge bloat site) in Firefox.
On XP, I can load the site without any swapping, but all my RAM is eaten as shown in ProcessExplorer.
On Xubuntu (with linux 3.11) I get a huge swapping when the site loads.
Both Windows and Linux has swap space. Is the reason linux disk cache eating the last RAM needed or is Xubuntu more resource hungry than XP. If the former, is it possible to configure the kernel to not cache too mutch in RAM? If the latter, can anyone suggest a more lightweight desktop environment than XFCE.
After visiting the same site on my 64-bit desktop with 8 GB RAM, firefox did not eat more than 150 MB. So I guess Firefox put all images on the graphics card and the laptop has not great graphics performance.
Try open https://student.portal.chalmers.se/_layouts/Chalmers.Core.UI/images/box-light-map2.png which is a background image that automatically loads. You have been warned if you are low on memory!
The implementation of the web-page layout has now changed, and now it is possible to visit the page.