[mythtv-users] desktop environment efficiencies.

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Nov 12 21:45:10 UTC 2009

On 11/12/2009 04:27 PM, Richard Morton wrote:
> I am asking this qustion as I am thinking about building a new mythtv 
> install on a new drive to ease the upgrade; well not ease it exactly, 
> but make it so that I can complete it in bite-sized chunks with 
> minimal outages from the SOs point of view.
> So I built the current system with MythBuntu; but I am wondering if, 
> as MythTV uses the Qt framework whether it would be more memory 
> efficient to install Kubuntu compared to Xubuntu on the server with 
> myth packages (and maybe myth control centre for very rare use).
> I have no idea how to find out how much memory each installation would 
> require (I'm interested in RAM and CPU usage, not particularly 
> interested in disk space).
> Ideas, thoughts and knowledge welcome...

It might be RAM-efficient, but it would likely be far less 
CPU-efficient.  TTBOMK, xfce is a relatively lightweight desktop 
environment; whereas KDE is a heavyweight.

What would be most efficient, however, would be to use something other 
than a desktop environment--some lightweight window manager like Fluxbox 
or, even better, RatPoison.  RatPoison has about a 300kiB incremental 
RAM cost.  Fluxbox is around 1MiB.


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