[arch-general] Tips for a stable GNOME Shell?

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Mon Feb 12 03:09:01 UTC 2018

On Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:47:33 -0200, Marcelo "Marc" Ranolfi wrote:
>On Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 8:39 PM, Giovanni Santini wrote:
>> Hello again,
>> Thanks to your suggestions, I decided to
>> 1. Replace GDM with LightDM
>> 2. Install LXDE as lightweight DE
>> The installation was easy and I am really glad of the RAM performance
>> obtained (I suppose GDM was the real resource hog).
>> These is only one small desire that is still unexpressed for me: I
>> both have mutter and openbox locally installed and I would like to
>> use only mutter (looks much better) when using LXDE.
>> The problem is that I have literally no idea of how to set up its
>> keys; from its man, I should change them from the Control Center,
>> that is not present in LXDE (it's GNOME stuff) and I am not sure of
>> which GNOME settings services I should execute to make it work. If
>> anyone has any tips, please speak ahead!
>Replacing GDM for LightDM was a smart move.
>(You can make it look like GDM; here's a hand: https://goo.gl/WpMrYg)
>If you like GNOME and would still like to use it, I recommend changing
>vm.swappiness to a higher value (default is 60). In my case I found
>that changing it to 80 solved most of my unresponsive DE issues -
>although I use Cinnamon, and I have 8GB of RAM. YMMV.

If a DE requires swapping on a modern machine with 8 GiB of available
RAM, than the DE is crap. Since I'm an openbox (no DE at all) user,
openbox does look, as the user makes it looking. Perhaps getting rid of
the DE, instead of switching the WM helps.

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