Gnome has been Ubuntu’s default desktop setting for some time. Not too long ago, some Ubuntu 17.10 customers have began to watch a memory leak issue when working the Linux distro with Gnome Shell 3.26.2.
The bug which was additionally current in Ubuntu 17.04 working Gnome Shell 3.23 doesn’t appear to be linked to a selected utility. It may be reproduced just by utilizing the system usually. Issues as regular as opening the overview, minimizing to dock, switching home windows, and so forth. are sufficient to set off the reminiscence leak. It grows over time solely to intrude with the customers’ day after day actions.
Customers have reported that the reminiscence consumption might go as much as 2GB. Nonetheless, the problem isn’t particular to Ubuntu; it largely happens after a Gnome shell animation. As an illustration, customers may see elevated reminiscence consumption when urgent and holding Alt+Tab mixture with greater than Three apps open.
Gnome builders are working to search out the precise explanation for the problem which can be current on Gnome Shell 3.28. They launched a patch, however the identical didn’t deliver any wonders for the customers.
A consumer Brislav Anchev has uploaded a YouTube video demonstrating the Gnome reminiscence leak problem on his system working Fedora.
As per numerous consumer feedback, the problem can be current on Ubuntu 18.04 day by day builds. It’s unclear whether or not the reminiscence leak drawback will get fastened earlier than the ultimate launch of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in April. The repair for the reminiscence leak might arrive with the subsequent level launch for Gnome 3.28. If not, it might be part of Gnome 3.30 which is predicted to launch in October.
Whereas customers with ample quantity of RAM may not be to note it, those with 4GB could be probably the most irritated. Their reminiscence may get consumed inside two hours.
For now, the customers who couldn’t profit from the patch can restart Gnome Shell after a few hours to liberate reminiscence. To do that, press Alt + F2. Then sort r and press Enter.