I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 on a 8gb ram, 8gb swap, intel i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz x 4, 64 bit
Gallium 0.4 on AMD CAICOS (DRM 2.43.0 / 4.4.0-98-generic, LLVM 4.0.0)
The system used to perform just fine, but it is lagging badly, I think due to lack of memory/swap. By lagging I mean going in and out of grey screens, mouse, keyboard become unresponsive.
I installed mint on a laptop with similar resources recently, and really noticed the lack of lag. . . making it more annoying than ever to work on the desktop listed above.
I have been running System Monitor for the past week or two. When the system lags, memory is maxed out >95%. A bad script in chromium will bring this computer to its knees for five minutes until it is purged.
Chromium or Firefox are consistently the memory offenders. At the moment I have 6 tabs open in Chromium and it's eating more than 3.4gb ram.
So. . . I don't have enough memory. Before I try to increase swap size or cannibalize a windows partition, can I improve software performance (or limit its' ability to consume RAM), are there system changes that could be made, or do I just need to get another 8gb of ram? (Seems like 8 should have been ample).