There is a memory leak in JavaFX with Mesa >=11.0 (meaning any up to date Linux distribution). JavaFX developers say it’s a bug in Mesa, but I couldn’t find a bug report in Mesa (nor could I file one, as I don’t know how to reproduce it outside of JavaFX).
The only solutions as of now are –
1. Use an older Linux (the key is having Mesa 10 or lower)
2. Use an NVidia GPU – they have their own OpenGL implementation and don’t rely on Mesa.
3. Use Windows.
Update (November 2016)
This issue seems to have been resolved in newer versions of Mesa and/or X.org. Updating to Mesa 13.0 and X.org >=1.18.4 should solve this issue.
- openjfx-dev discussion thread.
- reddit discussion.
- Mesa discussion.
- Related SO post: JavaXF 8 ProgressBar and ProgressIndicator with process=-1 memory leak on Linux