[CentOS] browsers slowing Centos 7 installation to a crawl

Mon Aug 5 19:16:02 UTC 2019
Peter <peter at pajamian.dhs.org>

On 6/08/19 3:44 AM, Michael Hennebry wrote:
> In any case, Centos 7 has not always been this slow.
> Presumably something has changed.

Websites have gotten more resource-intensive.  You've run "yum updates" 
and now have a newer version of Firefox and/or Chrome.  Your browsing 
habits have changed and you browse with more tabs open now.

Firefox for me has always had some amount of RAM leakage and when I used 
to run with 4G of RAM I had to restart it frequently (but I browse with 
a lot of tabs open).  I currently have my system maxed at 8G and still 
have to restart FF every couple of days or so to stop the system from 
swapping.  2G wouldn't even give me enough RAM to not run a browser on 
my system, so I can only imagine that your usage to date has been 
extremely simple.

I have two suggestions for you:

1.  Run a lightweight desktop such as XFCE instead of Gnome or KDE.

2.  Run out and buy more RAM.  Max your system out at 4G or 8G or 
whatever it will take.  You will need it and appreciate it.

Good Luck,