I have been thinking about trying out a different Linux distro for my Asus x101 netbook. My main concern is getting a bit faster performance and still get good use from the small 10.1” screen. For this very unscientific test I did Live CD run of the following Operating system and checked how much ram the OS used after start up and then again with Firefox running. Here are the results.
Ram usage after start up: 245.4mb or 12.2%
Ram with Firefox running: 259.9 mb or 12.9%
I had to go do something and when I came back after about 5 minutes the RAM usage was up to 426,2mb or 21.3%
Pear OS 4
Ram usage after startup198,6mb Ram or 9.9%
Ram with Firefox running 237.8mb or 11.9%
Pear OS 4 Netbook
Ram usage after startup: 208.7mb or 10.4%
didn’t try it with Firefox since Firefox doesn’t come with it so you won’t see any screenshot here since it would probably look just like the one above.
Ram usage after start up 10% (can’t see mb)
Ram with Firefox running 16%
Linux Mint 12 DVD
Ram usage after start up: 352.1 mb 17.6%
Ram with Firefox running: 417.7mb or 20.9%
It appears I may have destroy the Linux Mint screenshot but it wasen’t as good as Ubuntu in regards to how well it uses the small screen, basically it looked like Xubuntu. (will add it when I find it again).
So my next Linux distro to try is: Pear OS 4. Stay tuned for a review.
All tests made with the Asus x101 with 2gb of ram and Atom 1.33.