If you think 512MB is enough to run Xandros Linux on, you’re probably right. That is for the average user, though. For someone like me, whose work involves new media (managing a ton of sites via Web and FTP) 512 megabytes is usually not enough. That’s even when running on Linux.
Last night, I experienced slowing down of my system when running these tasks:
- Two Firefox windows with about 15 to 20 tabs each
- Pidgin, with two chat tabs open
- gFTP open (no active transfers)
- Two Kwrite windows open, used for editing files by gFTP
- Popup Notes open, with 4 short notes.
- Konsole with two tabs open (just idle, though)
I have four virtual desktops, where I assigned different main tasks each – two “faces” for one browser window each, one face for FTP, and another for the chat. I say “faces” because I’m used to the desktop cube of Compiz-fusion under Ubuntu (where the cube sides are like faces).
So there, switching across desktops took longer than usual. I wasn’t able to check the memory manager for actual usage, but I’m pretty sure it’s choking on 512MB. Maybe I should enable a swapfile? I’m actually thinking of buying a 1GB RAM stick for the Eee. I’ll wait for word from Asus if this won’t void my warranty here locally.