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Ubuntu 16.04 LiveCD Memory Usage Compared

The latest Ubuntu LTS is out, so it’s time for an updated memory usage comparison.

1604MemoryCompare

Boots means it will boot to a desktop that you can move the mouse on and is fully loaded.  While Browser and Smooth means we can load my website in a reasonable amount of time.

Takeaways

Lubuntu is super efficient

Lubuntu is amazing in how much less memory it can boot in.  I believe it is still the only one with ZRam enabled by default, which certainly helps a bit.

I actually did the memory usage for ZRam to the nearest MB for fun.
The 32 bit version boots in 224 MB, and is smooth with Firefox at only 240MB!   The 64 bit boots at only 25 MB more (251), but is needs 384 MB to be smooth.

If you are memory limited, change flavors first, 32-bit won’t help that much

Looking just at “Browser and Smooth” because that’s a more clear use-case.  There is no significant memory  difference between the 32 and 64 bit varients of: Xubuntu,  Ubuntu Gnome, Ubuntu (Unity).

Lubuntu, Kubuntu, and Ubuntu Mate do have significant deltas, which let’s explore:
Kubuntu – If you are worried about memory requirements do not use.
Ubuntu Mate – It’s at most a 128MB loss, likely less.  (We did that to 128MB accuracy).
Lubuntu 64 bit is smooth at 384MB.  32 bit saves almost 144 MB!  If you are severally memory limited 32-bit Lubuntu becomes your only choice.

Hard Memory Limit
The 32-bit hard memory requirement is 224 MB. (Below that is panics)
The 64-bit hard memory requirement is 251 MB.  Both of these were tested with Lubuntu.

Check out the 14.04 Post.   I used Virt-Manager/KVM instead of Virtualbox for the 16.04 test.

Extras: Testing NotesSpreadsheet

Xenial Wine-development Debian backports

If like me, you like having the latest version of Wine, I’m providing a very simple backport of the Debian Wine packages in this PPA:
https://launchpad.net/~bryanquigley/+archive/ubuntu/wine

This won’t likely ever have the stable wine versions in it; it’s just the wine-development (1.9.xx series) package.   I’m hoping to be able to get some of the versions tested in this PPA made available as updates to Xenial.

Do you have any old file format images?

I’m specifically looking for:
OS/2 Metafile (.met)
PICT (Mac’s precursor to PDF) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PICT

Also useful might be:
PCD – Kodak Photo CD
RAS – Sun Raster Image

I’m trying to evaluate if LibreOffice should keep support for them (specifically if the support is good). Unfortunately I can only generate the images using LibreOffice (or sister projects) which doesn’t really provide a great test.

Please either:
* Provide a link in a comment below
* Email me B @ (If emailed, please mention if I can share the image publicly)

If I find the support works great I’d try to integrate a few of them into LO tests so we make sure they don’t regress.

Thank you!  [Update, files are now part of LibreOffice’s test server]

 

Planet Ubuntu endorses Bernie Sanders; Larry Lessig for Supreme Court?

The results of the Planet Ubuntu poll we’re
Democratic: 72% for Bernie Sanders
Republican: 27% for Rand Paul (has since dropped out*)
Independents: 46% for Jon Stewart

Who do you like the (republican) least?: 65% Donald Trump
* And otherwise it was a wash.

In other political news a few people have pitched Larry Lessig to be the next justice on the supreme court. We need someone tech savvy on the supreme court. Not to mention someone who wants to get money out of politics.
See video here.
Sign We The People petition here.