'Tom's Hardware "put five of the most popular desktop environments up
against each other in a no-holds-barred, seven-round face-off. We've
rated GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Awesome and Regolith on a 10-point scale
based on Installation, Applications, User Experience, User
Documentation, Performance, Extensions and Configurability."
It's a good read, with a detailed and thoughtful 3,700-word analysis,
especially about memory performance:
When you use the standard desktops, Gnome and KDE, you will likely
notice that you are using a lot of memory... If you haven't noticed
yet, try running htop in a separate window while you try out your
choices. You should see a substantial difference with Awesome, i3 and,
if you are elite, dwm. The difference in memory footprint is
staggering when you start measuring. GNOME starts with somewhere in
the region of 3GB at boot. This can be trimmed down by serious
tweaking, but not very much. In comparison, the Awesome window manager
weighs in at around 600MB... You can put a lot of eye candy and
daemons before you weigh down your system as much as the others...
Getting the advantage comes at a cost, though: you need to learn a few
new habits to use Awesome desktop environment.
Among GNOME, KDE, and Cinnamon, the article ultimately calls KDE "the
most polished... decorative and versatile of the bunch. This comes at
a cost, though."
Cinnamon has the best balance between extensions and ease of use,
while it is also fast and responsive. At the same time, it is not that
heavy on resources. You can also add a wide range of extensions in the
shape of widgets that send you ongoing and updated information.
Regolith requires a bit more training, but it does set itself up for
you so you can continue as you did with GNOME. Adding extensions and
other gadgets is a bit more tricky, however... With Awesome you have
to set up and practice to use it! It's easily the hardest in the group
to get started with. When you are up and running, Awesome does deliver
the most benefits from a resource point of view...
Overall Winner: Cinnamon...because of its strong combination of user
experience, performance and customization. '
-- source: https://tech.slashdot.org/story/20/05/10/1552222
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