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10.4: How to disable (and enable) Dashboard
Authored by: tceylan on Dec 11, '05 06:47:12PM

This is not correct. Please add 3-5 widgets to your dashboard, and lauch
"top" tool, and take a look at 'resident' memory usage. Typically my
widgets use about 2-5 megs each. I have seen some widgets use
as much as 30-50 megs. Rouge widgets might also continue
consuming CPU even if you don't run the dashboard. (I used to have
a map quest widget that used 30% of CPU after I put dashboard
in the foreground once, and minimized after).

So, disabling dashboard should make a difference in the performance depending
on other applications, and how much ram/cpu you have, and how much
physical ram is left. This difference might be insignificant if you have
a lot of free ram.

2-5 megs per widget might not be a significant amount of
RAM in most cases. However, claiming that dashboard does not
use any resources is not correct. I would probably rephrase this as
"dashboard uses resources as efficiently as possible."



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