@bayprogrammer It will be hard for me to go back to Fedora as my daily distro. In a VM, or for playing around, sure but not (make that never) for my daily distro. I'm on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to give you some perspective
So I have been running Fedora 20 on my home workstation (Shire) this week, with Mate Desktop. Works alright... but man the ram usage! I had FF open and not much else, maybe 1 or 2 tabs. 763 MB RAM usage (-cache). Gnome 3 is far worse. *sigh*
I wonder if its the graphic card drivers that are the problem, I have not compiled them for the existing kernel because they work because compiz seems to jack up load averages and occupies most of the CPU time even when near 0 load.
So how what command would I use to find out how much load a particular program places on the system. top gives me everything running but if I wanted to track individual programs and log that result what would you suggest I do?