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    Ubuntu/linux on slow computers; tips and tricks to speed things up?

    Hey everyone.
    Recently I've been messing around with Ubuntu on an AMD K6-2 150MHz, with 256MB RAM. Of course the default ubuntu setup is not usable on it, but it's slightly better with icewm and all unneeded services turned off. Even then it's annoyingly slow.

    I was wondering what tips and tricks you have for working with slower systems, and getting any extra speed.

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    Re: Ubuntu/linux on slow computers; tips and tricks to speed things up?

    I would also be interested to hear such a thing.


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    Re: Ubuntu/linux on slow computers; tips and tricks to speed things up?

    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickMay16 View Post
    Hey everyone.
    Recently I've been messing around with Ubuntu on an AMD K6-2 150MHz, with 256MB RAM. Of course the default ubuntu setup is not usable on it, but it's slightly better with icewm and all unneeded services turned off. Even then it's annoyingly slow.

    I was wondering what tips and tricks you have for working with slower systems, and getting any extra speed.
    one tip is to go to the services menu(i'm not too sure if there is one in ubuntu, but i could be wrong) and switch off all unecessary services/daemons and make sure that they don't get activated on bootup.
    another tip is to have as few packages installed as possible.
    Last edited by ComplexNumber; October 5th, 2006 at 02:59 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu/linux on slow computers; tips and tricks to speed things up?

    I've been working on similar machines lately. ...

    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=259901

    I've got a mess of little tweaks, mostly for Dapper.

    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=206022
    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=246260

    There's more on my blog, if you really want to get into the nitty gritty.

    http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2006/09...-48mb/#more-28

    I'm trying to piece together a 66Mhz or 75Mhz machine and put Dapper on it, just to show those DSL fans that they're not so darn special. Believe it or not, parts seem hard to come by. ...
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    Re: Ubuntu/linux on slow computers; tips and tricks to speed things up?

    you could try a server install and then just install the very very minimal amount of stuff you need to run it. Very unbloated.
    I think something like zenwalk would go alright on it also.
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    Re: Ubuntu/linux on slow computers; tips and tricks to speed things up?

    A tip or trick is to use a window manager like Fluxbox or IceWM (I prefer the latter).

    If you feel the need, for some reason, to run KDE, here are some tweaks that may help.
    Last edited by aysiu; October 5th, 2006 at 04:48 PM.

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