PopOs with Cosmic Desktop
Upgrading an existing PopOs installationOverall impression: Not impressed with the RAM usage (or CPU) – esp when opening up a browser (Firefox or chrome). The below image shows results from htop command. I also tested with Xubuntu and Lubuntu.
htop on Cosmic Desktop with firefox running
I upgraded from the previous 20.10 version which EOLs very soon. I might do a clean install to check if the resource usage improves. Granted I am pushing a laptop with low specs (2 core Celeron N4000+ 4 GB LPDDR4).
When I posted the above screenshots and my comment on LowEndSpirit forum, one of the users (rightfully) asked: “Why would you go with GNOME with those specs (CPU and RAM)? That’s not even just GNOME, it’s GNOME + Pop!_OS’ theme layer.” They went further on to ask: “Did you consider?
- Xfce: MX Linux, Linux Mint Xfce, Xubuntu, Linux Lite, SparkyLinux Xfce, Manjaro
- MATE: Ubuntu MATE
- LXQt: Lubuntu, SparkyLinux LXQt
- Plasma: Q4OS. Not listing super lightweight distros”
I concurred with their views
KDE Neon Desktop
htop on kde neon with firefox running
This post was updated on 2022-02-16