Petermint wrote:After a full day of use, it is not hogging resources.
Mine too, in fact 7 days of continuous running isn't bad, especially compared to my previous experiences with Windows (several crashes a day, on average, even on short runs) and the actual machine gets rebooted about once a month on average. Restarting the browser always releases the RAM it has hogged.
I too have NoScript. Very interesting reading about the sheer amount of unwanted and invasive cruft the advertisers use, a real eye-opener! Thanks for that.
As for KDE vs Xfce; I use Xfce on my lower spec machines but love KDE and think if Cinnamon runs this well, especially after all the messing I've done with the system in the past 15 months, there should be no issues with KDE, in fact it's a pleasure to use even on my Acer netbook (2GB RAM). I can always turn off some of the effects but I'm rather fond of Wobbly Windows Dolphin, especially, is exactly what I need on this system along with the other KDE apps such as Kmail, Kdenlive, K3b etc.. (I know they will also run on the other DEs). Horses for courses, I suppose.
Once I've finished fishing everything I need out of this system I'll swap the hard drive, install both 32-bit & 64-bit versions and post results of my tests.