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  1. #1
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    Apr 2006

    Collection of Speedups for Gnome

    Here's a collection of tips for making gnome and your Ubuntu experience better on slower machines (or those of us who are speed maniacs). Alot is gleaned from others (THANK YOU), and some is my own. I'd also like your tips, so we can centralize these tips into one place. I employ all of these on an Athlon 3200+, just for the speed

    1) install xubuntu to access xfce which is a lite desktop.
    or install fluxbox, icewm as alt window managers

    2) Do sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf on the terminal. Find DefaultDepth
    and change it to 16 or 8 (but 8 is to extreme in most cases).
    Then you have to restart X ( you can do that by doing ctrl-alt-backspace)
    though you have less colors.

    3) Disable animations
    gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/panel/global/enable_animations false
    gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/panel/global/tooltips_enabled false
    gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/metacity/general/reduced_resources true

    (Reduced resources also gives you black rectangles when you move windows, so
    enable assistive technologies (System->Preferences->Assitive Technologies, it will remove the black boxes)

    4) Shorten delays (I chose 100, you can do whatever you like)
    gconftool-2 --type integer --set /apps/metacity/general/auto_raise_delay 100
    gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/panel/global/panel_animation_speed panel-speed-fast
    gconftool-2 --type integer --set /apps/panel/global/panel_hide_delay 100
    gconftool-2 --type integer --set /apps/panel/global/panel_show_delay 100

    5) Go to System->Preferences->Theme and change the theme by going to
    Theme Details. Choose something lite like Raleigh or Simple for
    Controls and Atlanta or Esco for Window.

    6) Go to Nautilus and Edit->Preferences->Preview and use Never for all.

    7) Go to System->Preferences->Menus And Toolbars and unselect
    Show icons in menu you can also change the Toolbar button label to only

    8 ) Disable using Nautilus for the desktop (This will turn off all icons on desktop)
    gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false

    9) Turn off unessisary virtual terminals:
    sudo gedit /etc/inittab and put # in front of
    these lines:
    3:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty3
    4:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty4
    5:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty5
    6:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty6

    10) Use different native GTK apps
    OpenOffice Word = Abiword
    OpenOffice Calc = Gnumeric
    Firefox = Epiphany
    Evolution = Slypheed
    Gedit = Leafpad

    11) Reduce you number of workspaces to 1 or 2

    12) Use the specific version of the kernel for you CPU
    To update the kernel just follow the steps.
    Open Synaptic (or do it via apt)
    Search for linux-image packages
    Check you processor.
    If Pentium 4/Celeron or AMD Athlon, get the linux-image-686
    If AMD, get linux-image-k7
    If older pentium/celeron keep the linux-image-386 image
    If you have multiple processor, like HT, get imagename-smp

    13) Follow these guides, or use BUM (Boot Up Manager) to speed up Boot and performance

    14) Follow this guide to tuning your hardrive for speed]

    15) Follow this guide for a filesystem enhancement

    16) Follow this guide to prelink your favorite applications
    Last edited by balloons; June 5th, 2006 at 09:01 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
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    Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

    Re: Collection of Speedups for Gnome

    thanks this may be at lest a year old but some things work great, also adding even with a non-ht p4 will speed up the system by adding acpi-ht and ht=on in the grub menu, i did and now it's superfast and got faster with ur links.. oh and I did do some things before I saw this u already had lolz..
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