As per version 18.104.22.168.6 Workstation default RAM is 1024 MB. In my experience it always becomes unusable after a few Tor Browser tabs are open, even with XFCE.
I know this was already addressed some 4 years ago:
But still, average computer power has increased since then, and 1GB of RAM for a Workstation is really limited. I know it’s very easy to add RAM, but wouldn’t a default 2GB RAM render the experience more user-friendly? Especially for new users who may think that Whonix is buggy when it eventually crashes under a very reasonable workload.
The first thing I do when importing the .ova is increase the RAM. I agree the default is rather low.
But, when making the comparison between the average hardware 4 years ago and now, you also need to consider that if your new users moved from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and from old versions of Office, Firefox etc to new ones, then those newer versions of software (or bloatware?) already make “good” use of any newer standards of memory.
I think increasing the default to say 1.5 RAM is a good compromise then
Open a few tabs, including of more demanding sites. Protonmail for example. Or news sites. Add GIMP with a few large images. A libreoffice document and similar. It’s not very difficult to get Whonix Workstation to stall in those conditions.
I think we need a poll to understand our userbase’s baseline hardware specs. The main reason we chose 1GB as default is to make it usable for as many people as possible that have crappy hardware. O at least to allow someone who has 4GB RAM/ Quad core to run a pair of Whonix-Workstations concurrently.
KVM images currently use only 1 CPU core whereas Virtualbox uses 4.
This might also cause some differences.
But I also think the RAM for the Workstation can be increased, because we can spare some memory with XFCE on the gateway.
Nothing recent, I experienced it on Whonix 13 (with VirtualBox) at the past a few times. Since then, no, but as mentioned I allocate more RAM to every new VM I import these days so can’t tell if things improved with W14 KDE / XFCE or not.