How does GNU Guix's resource usage compare to lightweight linux distros (Puppy, AntiX, Q4OS, Linux Lite, Mabox, and Arch) when using EXWM?
I am looking for a lightweight Linux distribution for development purposes on older hardware and considering GNU Guix (yes, I like lisp, functional programming, and reproducibility :D). My requirements are a system that is resource-efficient both in terms of memory and CPU usage.
I’m planning to use EXWM (Emacs Window Manager) as my desktop environment, and here is my emacs config file, which is relatively modest.
Could someone with experience in using GNU Guix, especially with EXWM, provide insights into its resource usage compared to other lightweight distributions like Puppy Linux, AntiX, Q4OS, Linux Lite, Mabox Linux, and Arch Linux?
I am interested in metrics such as average RAM usage after boot, CPU load during typical development tasks, and responsiveness of the system.
Any comparative insights or pointing towards benchmarks would be greatly appreciated.
I tested the RAM usage, storage usage, number of processes and number of installed packages running on Arch Linux, antiX 23 Core and GNU Guix. The installation will be minimal with no GUI. I choose not to test with the Emacs GUI, as it should take the same amount of resource no matter the distro. The test are done in VMware. The VM have 4 cores and 8GB of RAM and no swap.
free -h and
neofetch to test.
I don’t understand why they have different total amount of RAM. But the man page says this:
total Total usable memory (MemTotal and SwapTotal in /proc/meminfo). This includes the physical and swap memory minus a few reserved bits and kernel binary code.
|antiX||Free: 7.5Gi (7824320) available out of 7.7Gi (8093684)||338MiB/7903MiB|
|Arch||Free: 7.3Gi (7703480) available out of 7.7Gi (8098904)||403MiB/7909MiB|
|Guix||Free: 7.4Gi (7729400) available out of 7.7Gi (8116600)||385MiB/7926MiB|
Number of processes
top to test.
|Arch||136 ~ 134|
df -BM and
df to test.
Numbers of packages
Using neofetch. Installed doing
This data is not a way to compare how much software is installed on each distro, as each distro packages software differently.
|Distro||Package count (packaging system)|
As I was doing the testing, I realized Arch Linux was missing
man, unlike the others. So I don’t know if this is a fair test. You should set up your system for your liking on all 3 OS and then do the comparison again. Or just use Guix because the difference is not big enough to matter, and you like Lisp and immutable systems.