I have a big problem with XFCE and openSuse - it is using a lot of ram sometimes getting up to 75% of available ram.
My system is:
btrfs file system
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge
everything else is set up like in stock instalation
With LXDE which I used previously the memory usage was much smaller. It never reached 2GB - always under 50%. I do not know what is happening.
total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 3,7G 1,6G 2,1G 0B 20K 1,1G -/+ buffers/cache: 530M 3,2G Swap: 4,0G 67M 3,9G Total: 7,7G 1,7G 6,1G
The above is the output from free -ht from my terminal with just chromium running so I could post this message. This gives that XFCE with chromium which has opened just one page (xfce forum) is using 1,6 GB of my total 4GB RAM.
I do not understand this caching thing - maybe this is the problem - 1,1 GB cached?
Last edited by Wurger (2013-12-03 12:27:35)
Actually, your system is currently using 530M of ram and there is 3.2G free. Ram usage in Linux can be a little confusing. This site does a good job of explaining ram usage - it might help to clarify a few things.
Thanks for the link to the site explaining ram usage.
Thank you very much. This what happens if a normal user gets in panic mode. The site makes it cristal clear!