The main CPU is a N450.hairybiker wrote:You don't say what the gpu is which is more important to cinnamon & kde than mate.
If it is a shared ram type then I would go with mate on it, then if you can enable effects fine but at least you will get the same desktop
I run a lt with a intel gpu and xfce but mate would also run on it fine, I only run xfce as I couldn't get mate to run x over ssh on it.
dequire wrote:My advice would be to try KDE with the Plasma Netbook Workspace (Selectable from within System Settings). Then install the package kubuntu-lowfat-settings and you will be fine. I've used on several laptops and netbooks with 1GB of RAM without issue. Installing the lowfat settings package is a must, however.
Vincent Vermeulen wrote:Cinnamon should run fine on a N450 I think, and 1 GiB RAM may be constrained but if you lower your swappiness it shouldn't be a drag. Cinnamon in fact uses less memory than MATE, so making that choice a bit of a no-brainer. I'm running Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon 64 bit, and having a pile of programs open (browser, music player, feed reader, bunch of terminals, editor) now I'm just using 880 MiB RAM. You can expect that to drop between 620-750 MiB RAM when running 32 bit (as it uses 15-30% less memory per process).
A comparison of the various desktop environments and their resource needs is compiled here: http://www.renewablepcs.com/about-linux ... me-or-xfce. Scroll down to the section titled "A Comparison Desktop Environment / Window Manager RAM and CPU Usage", which has the information collected in a table (and note that Cinnamon on Linux Mint 14 has been significantly slimmed down to reduce CPU and RAM usage; the table has information for the previous Cinnamon version). Of course, comparing apples & oranges a bit as this doesn't account for the footprint of the applications you would be using on those environments. So see it as a rough indicator.
caerolle wrote:If you want lots of effects and flexibility, but not a lot of overhead, I would recommend Enlightenment. However, last time I tried the e17 package in the Mint repo with my Mint 13 (Maya) install, it reliably seg-faulted every time I tried to do anything past logging in. It could have been an issue with my proprietary graphics driver, but I didn't try it without the driver installed, as I need it for one of my programs. I don't know if they have updated the e17 package to something more stable now (I am currently using a different distro, focuses on Enlightenment, and have no issues with stability, but that is even farther astray of your question).