Last April (2019) I installed some different distros and compared memory use. That was on the Lubuntu-users mailing list. I recently got a new laptop (details discussed here). I wanted to try installing a number of distros to see how compatible it is with Linux. I thought this was a good time to collect the memory-use info again:
[EDIT: Initially I had some trouble with Linux Lite 4.8 and showed only its VirtualBox details. I got help from the LL forum, and was able to install LL on the laptop. The info has been updated. See the PDF for details about how LL was done. It’s confusing.]
This time I collected mem use on both real & virtual machines. It’s interesting to see how that differs (and how it’s not a consistent difference. For example: Bodhi has no difference. I don’t know how that’s even possible.).
I don’t know how useful this info is. But, I’m finding it fun to “speed date” distros, get a quick impression. I’m kind of wanting to spend some time with Linux Lite. I didn’t include it in the last year’s data because I couldn’t get the ISO to boot. It seemed like the machine accessed the device for a few seconds, then booted the hard drive (no errors about what went wrong booting the USB device. It was like it handed itself off to the hard drive. That happened again on the laptop. But, it booted in the VM this time. So, I was able to see Linux Lite for the first time. I liked it a lot. I should go to their forum and try to work through the boot issue with them.
(Last time I liked MX & Peppermint. I’ve been running MX the past 9 months. I’m on Peppermint now.).