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    Cool Get a little more speed?

    My PC isn't of the newest specs, so Ubuntu runs alright, but I was wondering if anyone has any tricks to get a little more boost out it. Maybe something to simply eliminate some lag?

    Thanks ahead of time,
    - Guido

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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    Can you please give us more details on your computers hardware specifications like the ram, cpu speed etc...

    Might e be able to help you more.
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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    Some hardware specs would be helpful. But disabling the visual effects and reducing the swappiness are generic measures to gain speed on a desktop:
    http://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/first
    (item 1 and 2)

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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    You could also try one of the lightweight *buntus, like Lubuntu or Xubuntu. They are more geared towards older hardware; I'm currently running Lubuntu just because I like a simple DE without bells and whistles. I'm sure it would run fine on anything that isn't terribly outdated. And by terribly outdated I mean something less than PIII/ 512MB.

    Also, if you have a tiny HD, my initial Lubuntu install only used about 2.3 GiB, so you should be fine there too.

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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    Lubuntu for super speed, period

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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    I run openbox over a base of Ubuntu 10.04; it's probably not ideal (I keep having conflicts between when remnants of GNOME want to handle something and I don't want it to), but it's significantly speedier.

    If you've encrypted your home directory, that could be slowing things down as well (I really notice it with WINE), but it's a pain to go back to unencrypted. If you're running conky (or any other system monitors), try upping the refresh times on everything to two seconds or more.
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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    I used Ubuntu since 8.04 and have recently switched to dual booting with Lubuntu. If you want speed, that is where you should go. Lubuntu works really well with older machines and less RAM.

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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    Consider zRAM too. It compresses RAM in order to reduce the amount of swap. Not sure how well it works in Ubunbtu atm though.
    Last edited by tudor117; October 24th, 2011 at 09:20 PM.

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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    If you don't have very much RAM, I would recommend installing more.
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    Re: Get a little more speed?

    Let's just keep in mind that "unused RAM is wasted RAM".

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