Subject: Re: X & xterm on low-mem machine
To: Wojciech Puchar <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 07/22/2001 21:45:41
[ On Friday, July 20, 2001 at 23:54:40 (+0200), Matthias Buelow wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: X & xterm on low-mem machine
> Wojciech Puchar writes:
> >> You may want to use a small window manager like blackbox.
> >does it consume less than fvwm2 (minimally configured!)?
> fvwm 1.24r is probably the best of the well known ones for small boxen
> with tight memory and slow cpus (if you don't load the extra fvwm modules
> like goodstuff etc., of course.)

I don't know of anything smaller than ctwm yet still supporting multiple
virtual workspaces, decent extensible menus, and of course all the
normal decorations and similar junk....

On my sparcstation 1+ ctwm's runing at just 1.6 MB VSZ (and just 200KB
RSS at the moment!), and that's after 30 days of operation with 8
workspaces and somewhere over 35 managed windows at any one time.  Now
of course this is a monochrome display, but still...  On an i386 machine
it's even smaller at 1.2MB VSZ, also running with 8 workspaces and about
30 windows, and that's on an 8-bit display.

My menus are anything but small too; I've got a 50KB ~/.ctwmrc.

							Greg A. Woods

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