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    Increase performances

    Hi everyone,

    I just installed my first Linux (ubuntu 9.04) a few minutes ago on my old computer (Celeron 1000MHZ with 512 Mb RAM) overwriting my Windows XP and I'd like to know if there is a list of things I could change (settings, etc.) that would improve the performances on this computer 'cause I find it a bit slow?

    Should have I installed a lighter version like xubuntu?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Increase performances

    i think so, use xubuntu, its a lot lighter.

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    Re: Increase performances

    My brother has Xubuntu with a Intel Pentium 4 and 256MB of RAM, and his computer is fast! Xubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
    Running at Idle he uses 40% of Physical Ram

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    Re: Increase performances

    In the past (xubuntu 7.10 era), i have used xubuntu on a 700mhz pentium 3 with 128mb ram. its was running fine.

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    Re: Increase performances

    You may also find that adding another 512 MB RAM would be a cheap way of increasing the pace. When using the system normally, open up the System Monitor (System -> Administration) and check how much Swap is being used on the "Resources" tab. If it's a significant amount (more than a few megs) you'd likely benefit from more RAM.

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    Re: Increase performances

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    Last edited by ea1387; November 1st, 2009 at 04:10 AM.

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    Re: Increase performances

    Hi,

    I "downgraded" to xubuntu 9.04 (you can do that directly using the terminal when ubuntu is already installed, I found that on xubuntu's website) and I'll check if it's better...

    Thanks,

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    Re: Increase performances

    you can tweak gnome to be lighter then xfce4.
    in gconf-editor turn on reduced resources, turn off animations. replace the heavier apps with lighter alternatives.

    i'm running a full gnome 9.10 on 512mb ram, watching movies while browsing the forums.
    Last edited by kerry_s; May 21st, 2010 at 03:33 PM.

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    Re: Increase performances

    Hi,

    I downgraded to xubuntu and it seems my problem is not related to my RAM (used less than 50%) but related to my Celeron 1000 MHz CPU which is oftenly (+75% of the time) running at 100%.

    Most of your comments are talking about dual-cores, P3 and P4 processors, not Celeron. Forget it about watching a movie on my computer!!!

    By the way, I'm new to Linux (as I wrote, I installed my first one a few hours ago only) and I'll have to google "gconf-editor" to learn about it!

    If anybody can tell me how to lighten my xubuntu, it will be very appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Increase performances

    Quote Originally Posted by kerry_s View Post
    you can tweak gnome to be lighter then xfce4.
    in gconf-editor turn on reduced resources, turn off animations. replace the heavier apps with lighter alternatives.

    i'm running a full gnome 9.10 on 512mb ram, watching movies while browsing the forums.
    Could you please explain in detail the things you have done to improve the speed? This sounds interesting.
    Thanks.

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