I am a new user and have an acer aspire 5253 with 2gb ram and AMD dual core E-350 processor. I am using Fedora 33 workstation edition but my laptop seems to struggle with it (gnome uses a lot of my RAM on idle and gnome shell takes up a lot of cpu processing too and system feels sluggish). I am looking for help on the following -
Is there any way to make it work in the gnome workstation edition(as i like the minimalist vanilla gnome look). I keep noticing that the SWAP memory of around 800mb keeps getting fully used so can that be increased? Any suggestions on improving performance in gnome?
The system starts with around 900mb of 1.7gb usage at idle and after using firefox for some time it is around 1.4 of 1.7gb and swap memory is fully used. Even cpu usage sometimes keeps hitting 100%.
What would be the best DE for better performance and reasonable stability? (I am fine with using a fedora spin variant with a different DE).
Does it just make more sense to just switch to a lightweight distro? If yes which one? And how much of a difference will it make in the performance?
I am a beginner but am willing to learn. Any help is highly appreciated. Thank you.