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"Light-weight" WMs - How low does yours go?
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:56:36 PM »
In Linux communities like this, sooner or later someone will start a "my WM is lighter than your WM" thread.  Might as well be me this time :)

My primary WM is and has been Window Maker for a good long while now.  I know I'm in a distinct minority, but there are a number of reasons for my preference, and the "lightness" of Window Maker is just one.  I've been working on a recent Debian Wheezy netinstall on an older laptop, and I happened to check resource use with htop a few minutes ago.  Here's a screenshot of the output:

That's right, friends - 88Mb!  I've used i3 and some other very light WMs, and I don't recall seeing anything much less, even with all the bells and whistles Window Maker provides compared with the tilers out there.  Granted, this is with only a few applications / services running (two terminal instances, htop, a weather app, an acpi monitor and a few of the usual background things that are largely unavoidable) but really, if you are looking for a light WM - why not Window Maker?

Anyway, I've started the "how low can you go" thread, so I guess the VSIDO forum is on its way to maturity, right? :)


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Re: "Light-weight" WMs - How low does yours go?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 03:54:02 AM »
NICE........ Been a very long time since Ive messed with Window Maker so maybe its time to have some fun :D

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Re: "Light-weight" WMs - How low does yours go?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 09:35:37 PM »
You Guys and Gals should have a look at Livarp.
A great selection of low resource usage WM's


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Re: "Light-weight" WMs - How low does yours go?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013, 02:51:30 AM »
It seems to me that a previous livearp release had Window Maker along with the other WMs included.  Linuxbbq's "Oyster" (maybe?) also has - or had - Window Maker + a baziilion or so other WMs.   I wonder why the livarp developer(s) dropped Window Maker?


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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2013, 04:27:53 PM »
88mb is pretty sweet, so is wmaker.

Doesn't beat my record on FreeBSD though, 45mb on boot :)
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Re: "Light-weight" WMs - How low does yours go?
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2013, 06:50:35 PM »
had the arch version of rowan witch happily sat on the (scrotwm) desktop, with the tilda terminal and htop open... 24mb.   someone once said they saw 19mb.  i had the scrot of at least 25mb iirc.  ... but i dont have it anymore (not that i know of, havnt looked)...  so i suppose that didnt happen, and i'll be quiet now.

... but do check out scrotwm.  it's a lovely lightweight tiling wm, easy to configure for basic stuff you're likely to need, no weird "you must recompile to configure" suckless-philosophy (as in dwm) and no "you must start fathoming haskell and hackagedb and xmonad's library to reconfigure" (as in xmonad, obviously).

i imagine "sscrotwm" will be even lighter than "spectrwm".
(no that wa not a typo, two "s", the extra one for shrivled)

and.. what say ye of tinywm...  is there tinier?  but does it still have a tiny footprint while running. i've seen though, not just wm, but the whole system of course, was rat gentoo.  how does 10mb apeal to you?  with some lighter choices, i bet that could be even less.  :)

but when you get to that level, you are making decisions and compromises too far into loss of features.   i prefer to think in terms of features to footprint ratio, rather than just a bottom line number for the footprint, with no awareness of features.  ...  otherwise, we'd just not run a computer at all!  "look!  zero mb!"  ;D

nice thread.   will keep an eye out for anyone dropping past with some great tip, or new ultra-light wm, or some old revisited obscure wm we never gave the time.