Heres my story... I've been using Ubuntu as my only OS for a while now but I'm discouraged with the fact that it constantly gets slowed down. I mean, Firefox takes 23 seconds to open! From a fresh boot I click Firefox and it takes 17-25 seconds to open. This is just one example of the slowness. Once in the browser though things are relatively fast, but when copying files between hard drives or other daily tasks it gets bogged now and then.
I just tried a live CD of Lubuntu because I heard how fast it is. I don't want to admit it, but it was insanely fast compared to my Ubuntu install. I clicked the chromium icon expecting it to be 10 seconds instead of 20, but before I hit 4 it was open and the home page was loaded.
My question is this: can I get the same speed increase by switching my desktop environment to lxde on my current Ubuntu install? If so, can I remove all other desktop environments so that lxde is the only and default option? Will this cause issues?
My Computer Stats:
Acer Aspire One AOA150
1.66 Ghz Dual core Intel Atom
1GB DDR2 RAM
120GB Hitachi HD
Note that I have a 3GB swap partition set up as well, which is more than enough for the simple web browsing and emailing that I use my netbook for. Also note that windows 7 runs smoothly and actually quite quickly, so I don't think it's that my system is incapable...
Any suggestions on how I can speed up my Ubuntu install would be great, I really don't want to switch to Lubuntu or another distro if I don't have to, but I need a speed increase because I think gnome and unity is too much on my computer. The fan runs constantly (part of a glitch between Ubuntu and my model) and the computer gets unreasonably hot as well.
Thanks in advance, all the best,