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What is a "heavy" program

One of the most frequently asked questions found on the channel, or even here on the blog, is such a heavy Linux interface ?. When asked if an interface is not heavy, what should we take into consideration? Or rather, what a heavy program after all?

We can define a heavy program, either in linux, windows or macOS, as a program that uses a lot of machine features. Basically we can include four items in our list when checking whether a program is heavy on our computer. These items are: processor, RAM, storage, and GPU.

Keeping in mind that these are the features you are going to evaluate, it is much easier to choose, for example, the right interface for your machine if you want to choose it because it is lighter.

It is also important to remember that a program may be considered cumbersome, but not necessarily on these four items, as it depends on what you are evaluating on your computer. Take Cinnamon, Linux Mint's most popular interface as an example.

Cinnamon, for example, can be considered both heavy and light, depending on what you take into account when evaluating. Compared to other available interfaces, if we are going to evaluate processor usage, it's a lightweight graphics environment, if it's talking about memory, it's a lightweight graphics environment, if you're talking about hard disk storage, it's also a lightweight environment now, If you are talking about graphics, you might consider it a heavier environment. But then Linux Mint is a light or heavy system? It depends on what you evaluate.

Although through system comparisons we can tell which ones are a bit heavier than others, we should also consider the power of the hardware you have available on your computer, as this will make a big difference when considering a light or heavy system. Check out the video on the channel, where we discuss in detail what we can analyze in a program to consider it heavy.

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