A new settings package available to install Kubuntu 11.10 claims to reduce memory usage and speed up boot times.
The package, aptly (no pun) named Kubuntu-Low-Fat-Settings, provides a set of ‘configuration options that …reduce memory usage as well as speed up KDE’s loading time’ by as much as 32% and 33% respectively.
The aim of the package is to allow users of older hardware the opportunity to run the Kubuntu desktop at an acceptable speed.
What’s the catch?
There is a ‘cost’ to using the Low Fat Settings package; inorder to create resource savings you lose various ‘eye candy’ functionality: -
- Turns off compositing by default
- Reduces the number of Krunner plugins loaded by default
- Reduce the amount of effects used in the window decoration
- Disables the automatic loading of various system modules – such as the free space notifier, Nepomuk services, and others
Want in? The “kubuntu-low-fat-settings” package can be installed in Kubuntu 11.10 via the Muon Software Centre.