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low ressource computer: your setup to maximize your box

Posted: 20 Jul 2017, 09:33
by francois
This is a thread for those who have old or low resources computers. Please provide your strategies. Being able to provide the best performance with these old boxes is a service to mankind: taking care of this small planet.

It would be good that you identify according to this topic:
1) you box,
2) your computer specifications with a link to the manufacturer or lspci specifications or both.
3) your software strategies: browser, text editor,

My case:
ultraslim MSI 340X. Specifications:
http://www.msimobile.com/level3_product ... d=4&id=168

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root@porteus:~# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801IBM/IEM (ICH9M/ICH9M-E) 4 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 02)
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 5100
root@porteus:~# 
This box does a lot better with lxde DE than with xfce porteus OS. Opera is better than google-chrome, but palemoon seems to be even more performant. My main problem in my day to day tasks is with the use of the text editor: libreoffice taxes resources enormously.

Would augmentation of the virtual memory and/or loading to ram of the OS provide a better experience.

Any suggestion or similar description of low ressource computer strategies or trouble shooting is welcome.

Re: low ressource computer: your setup to maximize your box

Posted: 20 Jul 2017, 20:37
by jssouza
Hi Fran├žois,

1. Linux box: Raspberry Pi 2
2. lspci (No pci bus on arm)
3. Software strategies: LXDE, palemoon, mousepad (preferred over leafpad because of its syntax highlighting ability)
LXDE definitely is the right desktop for low resource. It is very low on memory usage (about 90MB of memory usage at startup)
Image

If storage space (on the boot device) is not an issue, I have seen that compressing xzm modules with lzo rather than xz, speeds up the system during runtime. Probably because lzo favors speed over compression ratio. So even though the porteus modules are bigger, system is more responsive, since the squashfs access to the compressed modules are faster.

Re: low ressource computer: your setup to maximize your box

Posted: 21 Jul 2017, 13:23
by francois
Thanks for your strategies. I like the compressing scheme. And you confirm the use of lxde.

For the text editor, I was thinking something alike libreoffice. I wonder is latex could be the propound?

low ressource computer: your setup to maximize your box

Posted: 23 Jul 2017, 02:05
by n0ctilucient
Case...
@ http://store.antec.com/isk-series/isk110-vesa.html

Mainboard...
@ Http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/QC5000-ITXWiFi/

Strategy...
Currently under "ProPolice" (-fstack-protector-all) construction.
Short version... try to minimize Gtk/Qt dependency by using Fox toolkit.

Fox toolkit apps...
[Solved]- Goggles... Xfe...
[Pending]- Fxmm... Rezound...

FoX Desktop Environment (FXDE)...
@ https://sourceforge.net/projects/foxdes ... =directory

Note: I chose FXDE (pending) over EDE (FLTK)... as a compromise between performance and modern aesthetic.

I am also considering a version using this 8 core mainboard...
@ http://www.adiengineering.com/products/rcc-ve-board/

low ressource computer: your setup to maximize your box

Posted: 23 Jul 2017, 21:09
by brokenman
jssouza can you please PM me a link to your ARM version. I have a Pi2 here doing nothing.

low ressource computer: your setup to maximize your box

Posted: 23 Jul 2017, 21:46
by ncmprhnsbl
@brokenman
is this what you're looking for: Porteus 3.2 for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 (armhf) ?

low ressource computer: your setup to maximize your box

Posted: 24 Jul 2017, 01:49
by brokenman
Indeed. Thanks.

low ressource computer: your setup to maximize your box

Posted: 24 Jul 2017, 07:56
by jssouza
Thanks ncmprhnsbl.

brokenman, a feedback from you on Porteus for Pi is mandatory please :) .