Jump to content
vvkozmenko

MintBox Mini - Bodhi Linux 4.4.0 vs Linux Mint 18.3

Recommended Posts

Hi, guys,

 

I mentioned in the previous posts that I planned to switch from Linux Mint to Bodhi on my little desktop MintBox Mini.

 

I planned to make the switch in March but I had an occasion to do it today. Please see the screenshots below.

 

Linux Mint 18.3 - RAM usage was 960 MB

 

N0e8GkW.jpg

 

Bodhi Linux 4.4.9 (CPU and RAM usage - see below), actual CPU usage was 2% (it spiked a bit during taking the screenshot).

 

AMSUoMt.jpg

 

Bodhi has CPU usage SIX times less then Mint! WOW! RAM usage is about FOUR times less! YES!

 

The user experience after the switch is night and day. 

 

Everything flies. With Linux Mint, it took about 15-20 sec between clicking the Synaptic Manager icon and actual opening of the application.

 

With Bodhi, Synaptic launches within a fraction of a second.

 

The only thing that is not smooth is watching YouTube videos - but this is not because of Bodhi but because of the slow processor in the MintBox Mini (CPU usage goes as high as 70% while playing YouTube).

 

I am very impressed with Bodhi again (I've been using it on the Lenovo ThinkPad for about 8-9 months).

 

Last time I had this level of satisfaction from using a computer was in 2008-2009 with Snow Leopard running on a MacBook Pro (my experience with Apple had a constant decline since that time, and I am step-by-step phasing out from using ANY Apple products).

 

I wish I switched from the Mint to Bodhi earlier - I could have a fully usable desktop rather a crippled handicap. 

 

Big thanks to the Bodhi team. Keep up your excellent work.

 

Val

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello

Nice review. We know Bodhi is low on system resources. It explains the speed:)

 

Anyway, maybe I can help you with yt performance. In times I used my old Lenovo S12, I relied to smtube (with smplayer) or minitube apps for yt watching. Maybe it will fulfil your needs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is exactly the reason I (and others I assume) use Bodhi. And it's also exactly the reason I wonder why more people don't use it.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi, guys,

 

I mentioned in the previous posts that I planned to switch from Linux Mint to Bodhi on my little desktop MintBox Mini.

 

I planned to make the switch in March but I had an occasion to do it today. Please see the screenshots below.

 

Linux Mint 18.3 - RAM usage was 960 MB

 

N0e8GkW.jpg

 

Bodhi Linux 4.4.9 (CPU and RAM usage - see below), actual CPU usage was 2% (it spiked a bit during taking the screenshot).

 

AMSUoMt.jpg

 

Bodhi has CPU usage SIX times less then Mint! WOW! RAM usage is about FOUR times less! YES!

 

The user experience after the switch is night and day. 

 

Everything flies. With Linux Mint, it took about 15-20 sec between clicking the Synaptic Manager icon and actual opening of the application.

 

With Bodhi, Synaptic launches within a fraction of a second.

 

The only thing that is not smooth is watching YouTube videos - but this is not because of Bodhi but because of the slow processor in the MintBox Mini (CPU usage goes as high as 70% while playing YouTube).

 

I am very impressed with Bodhi again (I've been using it on the Lenovo ThinkPad for about 8-9 months).

 

Last time I had this level of satisfaction from using a computer was in 2008-2009 with Snow Leopard running on a MacBook Pro (my experience with Apple had a constant decline since that time, and I am step-by-step phasing out from using ANY Apple products).

 

I wish I switched from the Mint to Bodhi earlier - I could have a fully usable desktop rather a crippled handicap. 

 

Big thanks to the Bodhi team. Keep up your excellent work.

 

Val

 

This are Mint - Cinnamon, right? That means the desktop already growing to Gnome level. :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Back in my gaming days I experienced a average of 17% performance increase in frame rates by switching from another OS to Bodhi...a lot less overhead, etc.  Bodhi for the win!

 

***

 

I wonder how the new kernel is going to perform however (due to Meltdown and Spectre).  Supposed to be some pretty heavy memory table changes from what I have read.

 

Time will tell!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Oblio

It has been tested. Actually, it doesn't look that bad... unless you are running Centos, see

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=5distros-post-spectre&num=1

 

Thanks for the link!  The benchmarks actually look incredibly promising!

 

I read some articles when these risks were first identified and it was fairly doom and gloom...this looks great!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A little bit off topic - Compulabs has released a new version of their mini computer - MintBox Mini 2.

 

According to the benchmark results, it is about eight times faster than the original, and about four times faster than the Pro. Looks attractive to me.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×