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#26 2022-11-21 23:49:03

Vinifera
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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

i'd still really like to know which distro gives either full or near full xfce "components"
or is only way to install debian or fedora and choose xfce during install ?

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#27 2022-11-22 00:45:12

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

What is your definition of "full xfce components"? What do you consider full Xfce?

Is it just the apps listed here - which are the only components/apps that are developed by Xfce developers? Note: this doesn't include a display manager, any system management tools, no video drivers, no web browser....

I can speak to ArchLinux. Manually install the base system and then the "xfce4" and "xfce4-goodies" packages (don't use the arch installer - it installs other non-Xfce components). This will get most of the packages - you may need to install others like xfce4-genmon-plugin and xfce4-docklike-plugin.

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#28 2022-11-22 01:02:41

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

and i really like to know which distro gives the higest xfce performance?

Last edited by deepforest (2022-11-22 01:03:03)

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#29 2022-11-22 01:08:20

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

deepforest wrote:

and i really like to know which distro gives the higest xfce performance?

Its not an easy question to answer. You could conceivably take any distro, limit the number of installed apps and running processes, optimize settings and achieve relatively good performance (depending on what this means to you). But I don't think anyone has done this that I am aware of. Would be a good exercise to undertake if you're interested in finding an answer. Just make sure you compare apples to apples.

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#30 2022-11-22 01:24:47

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

ToZ wrote:

What is your definition of "full xfce components"? What do you consider full Xfce?

Is it just the apps listed here - which are the only components/apps that are developed by Xfce developers? Note: this doesn't include a display manager, any system management tools, no video drivers, no web browser....

I can speak to ArchLinux. Manually install the base system and then the "xfce4" and "xfce4-goodies" packages (don't use the arch installer - it installs other non-Xfce components). This will get most of the packages - you may need to install others like xfce4-genmon-plugin and xfce4-docklike-plugin.

well there, you just said at the bottom, base, the goodies and this plugins
mind you i know nothing of xfce (except what i tried on few distros, mostly Mint)

is there maybe a gallery or website that shows visual what "full" xfce consists off ?

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#31 2022-11-22 01:30:47

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

Vinifera wrote:

is there maybe a gallery or website that shows visual what "full" xfce consists off ?

There is Xfce's gitlab presence as well as the Xfce docs.

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#32 2022-11-22 15:22:44

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

ToZ wrote:
deepforest wrote:

and i really like to know which distro gives the higest xfce performance?

Its not an easy question to answer. You could conceivably take any distro, limit the number of installed apps and running processes, optimize settings and achieve relatively good performance (depending on what this means to you). But I don't think anyone has done this that I am aware of. Would be a good exercise to undertake if you're interested in finding an answer. Just make sure you compare apples to apples.

I have 3 distros Arch, Devuan, Arch.
On Arch and Devuan i feelling constant responce lag on all my actions. But on Artix lag is much lower and all responce is almost instant.
Were is the reason for this different behavior? What can affect to responsiveness and can it be improved without upgrading hardware?

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#33 2022-11-22 19:09:13

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

deepforest wrote:

On Arch and Devuan i feelling constant responce lag on all my actions. But on Artix lag is much lower and all responce is almost instant.
Were is the reason for this different behavior?

Compare the differences:

  • kernel and kernel version

  • video driver and video driver version

  • filesystem type

  • Xfce version

  • number of installed packages and what are the differences

  • number of running processes and what are the differences

  • memory footprint

  • init system

What can affect to responsiveness and can it be improved without upgrading hardware?

That would depend on the above, but it could potentially be anyone of them that would need to be optimized. For example, maybe Artix installs have the packages and has half the running processes of the other 2 systems? Perhaps Atrix provides additional performance tweaks that the other two don't? Asking the Artix devs may get you some answers.

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#34 2022-11-22 19:50:58

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

from a genmon I use this to gauge process count and business; how many active/how many 'on'

cat /proc/loadavg | cut -d ' ' -f 4

1/400 on the low side 10+/600+ on the high side

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#35 2022-11-23 03:26:26

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

deepforest wrote:

reason for poor performance xfce on Devuan its Devuan itself? not xfce?

i have never worked with Devuan so i don't have the exposure to it to guess close.  dependencies can include how many services are running, how much I/O they do, page swapping burden, etc.  we pretty much have to go on reports from other people and that can vary between people.  someone who has used a single ultra-fast hardware who tests a distro on a slower machine can report it as slow.  i've seen the same machine (no changes) reported as slow by one person and fast by another.  it can depend on what they do and their experience on others.

someone might set up a common machine to test a bunch of distros and find that distro A is faster than distro B.  then, a totally different machine build might find that B outperforms A.  different distros can be built or configured for different setups of hardware.

when an application is slower, is it getting delayed by CPU or by swapping or by I/O?  hardware plays a huge role in determining performance.

i've even seen a case of more RAM actually slowing down a particular application.  apparently it discovered it had access to more memory and used it, resulting in a larger demand on swapping.  i've even found that increasing the size of swap space slows down a whole machine (because it uses that space and each page take time).

these days, we see more setups with solid-state storage devices and now all new needs to configure for performance as well as wear on the SSD.

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#36 2022-11-23 15:50:07

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

Skaperen wrote:

i've even seen a case of more RAM actually slowing down... configure for performance as well as wear on the SSD.

More memory is always a good thing.
Adjust 'swappiness' and install zram*.

The only time more memory has a speed impact is when the system board slows down the ram speeds in order to accommodate more 'b' and 'c' slots or higher rank modules. Even then only the benchmarks notice.

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#37 2022-11-25 21:22:16

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

CwF wrote:

from a genmon I use this to gauge process count and business; how many active/how many 'on'

cat /proc/loadavg | cut -d ' ' -f 4

1/400 on the low side 10+/600+ on the high side

Artix

freeartist-p31ds3l:[freeartist]:~$ cat /proc/loadavg | cut -d ' ' -f 4
2/482
freeartist-p31ds3l:[freeartist]:~$ 

Devuan

freeartist@devuan:~$ cat /proc/loadavg | cut -d ' ' -f 4
1/594
freeartist@devuan:~$ 

Last edited by deepforest (2022-11-25 22:00:46)

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#38 2022-11-25 21:38:14

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

ToZ wrote:

Compare the differences:

  • kernel and kernel version

  • video driver and video driver version

  • filesystem type

  • Xfce version

  • number of installed packages and what are the differences

  • number of running processes and what are the differences

  • memory footprint

  • init system

Artix

  • 6.0.7-artix1-1

  • nvidia 340.108

  • xfce 4.16

  • number of installed packages 794

  • number of running processes - Htop - Tasks: 96, 356 thr, 88 kthr; 1 running

  • memory https://pastebin.com/smWGPnkB

  • OpenRc

Devuan

  • 6.0.0-4-amd64

  • nvidia 340.108

  • xfce 4.16

  • number of installed packages 3183

  • number of running processes - Htop - Tasks: 103, 133 thr, 84 kthr; 1 running

  • memory https://pastebin.com/KNj8HfuT

  • SySVinit

Last edited by deepforest (2022-11-25 22:07:21)

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#39 2022-11-26 02:26:31

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

What I see is Artix has a smaller installation footprint, smaller memory footprint, fewer running processes and a custom build kernel. You should look into what optimizations the Artix team put into their kernel.

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#40 2022-11-27 23:22:47

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

Ok. Thank you.

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#41 Yesterday 01:31:37

deepforest
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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

ToZ wrote:

What I see is Artix has a smaller installation footprint, smaller memory footprint, fewer running processes and a custom build kernel. You should look into what optimizations the Artix team put into their kernel.

They say, that is all OpenRC magic

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#42 Yesterday 15:30:54

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Re: Xfce is different from distro to distro

deepforest wrote:

They say, that is all OpenRC magic

Interesting.
I did convert a Debian8 image to openrc a few years ago to try and access the difference and didn't notice anything significant, seemed 'equivalent'. That image is now 10 I believe, has run on a handful of boxes as a hypervisor, and still nothing worth noting noticed. I also have the sysvinit version and it has proven more stable up times, but the init is not the only variable, so no conclusion.

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