October 17, 2011

Kubuntu 11.10 Brings "Low Fat Settings" Option To Older Hardware

In case you missed it, one of the most intriguing aspects of the Kubuntu 11.10 release announcement is the addition of a downloadable package called "Low Fat Settings". Designed for older computers and folks who just like a streamlined KDE experience, the Low Fat Settings package is "a collection of configuration options that reduce memory usage and even speed up KDE's loading time".

Some of what the scripts do:

  • Turning off compositing by default.
  • Disabling the automatic loading of various modules, such as bluedevil, the free space notifier, some Nepomuk services, and a other components.
  • Reducing the number of default Krunner plugins that are loaded automatically.
  • Reducing the amount of graphical effects used in the window decoration.
  • Significant reductions in memory usage (up to 32%) and the subsequent savings in KDE's loading time (up to 33%) can be had simply by installing the package!

To get it, you must be running Kubuntu 11.10. Simply drop to a command prompt or fire up the Muon Package Manager and install the package "kubuntu-low-fat-settings". And that's it!

If you try it, please let us know how it works out for you by commenting below.