Upgrading PopOs to Cosmic Desktop
Last week, I upgraded my standby laptop to PopOs Cosmic Desktop. PopOs from System76 is a customized Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Their latest version is based around the Cosmic desktop, which promises better UI and performance.
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.
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
Upon completing my tests, my response was as follows:
“Valid Questions. Like I mentioned, this is my standby machine, so I can take slight liberties. However, my personal preference is Debian/Ubuntu derivatives with XFCE or Ubuntu Mate. Gnome is not quite to my taste- in fact, I had the same RAM/CPU issues (very high usage) on Macbook Pro 15. I recall reading somewhere (do not have source right now) it is a legacy GNOME issue that has passed on over generations of distros. I could be mistaken there”
p.s: as I speak- the laptop has KDE Neon installed, so some sanity restored.