Have you considered using and not using swap space ? 
I think the differences between midori and chromium are big. 
In chromium each tab is a single process so when you have one tab crashing the 
browser still runs. 
This is a fantastic feature especially for browser plugins (like flash) who 
crash a lot. 
Midori might use less memory but it doesn't provide this feature. 

On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 10:42:06 -0000
Steve <yorvik.ubu...@googlemail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 09:08:36 -0000, Mikhail Maksimov <mcwil...@gmail.com>  
> wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 6:05 PM, Steve <yorvik.ubu...@googlemail.com>  
> wrote:
> While I wait for my old machine to reload Lubuntu. I tried on a 2.4Mhz P4
> with 1GB 133Mhz RAM and got the following for Midori
> 
> 71MB used after boot with Xfce Taskmanager running
> 
> 84MB used with Midori launched in 7 seconds
> 
> 106MB with the three web pages loaded.
> 
> Amazing. Once again, what's the sequence? Install Lubuntu alpha2
> preview2, sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade; sudo apt-get
> install midori, then reboot, start & measure - is this correct?
> 
> Yup, although I do an apt-get dist-upgrade rather than apt-get upgrade.
> 
> Am I correct in thinking, you get the memory figure from the tool-tip by  
> hovering over the Memory usage bar.
> 
> I did some more tests on the 128MB machine, a painful experience.
> I couldn’t get Arora to start for some reason so it wasn’t tested.
> Both chromium and FF 3.6 took over 20 mins. to do the 'expand all', with  
> FF popping up an awful lot of 'Unresponsive Scripts' messages. All these  
> tests were carried out three times.
> 
> Memory used after boot with Xfce Task Manager running  67MB of 118MB
> 
> Usage after launching the browser
> 
> Midori     84MB    23 sec. start time
> Chromium   77MB    16 sec. start time
> FF 3.6     74MB    46 sec. start time
> This time is correct, forty six seconds.
> 
> 
> Usage after launching the three web sites
> 
> Midori     90MB       
> Chromium   89MB
> FF 3.6     96MB
> 
> My initial conclusion are very simple Chromium and FF are unusable in  
> 128MB of RAM with more than a couple of tabs open.
> I shall do a few more tests later on different machines and also try gmail  
> in basic HTML.  I’ll also note the VM size for the apps as well.
> 
> --
> Steve
> 
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