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How can I improve overall system performance?

Everything I do on Ubuntu takes ages, what can I do to speed things up?

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marked as duplicate by RobotHumans, Alvar, fossfreedom May 25 '12 at 9:01

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Post hardware specs/model of machine and what version you're on!! – izx May 24 '12 at 21:50
@mateo_salta Looked for it before but couldn't find it so I made a new one. let's close this one then.. – Alvar May 25 '12 at 8:15
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You can try:


  • install preload. sudo apt-get install preload it will run in the background and may improve performance. Programs may start quicker.
  • Update your system. sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade or open the update manger.
  • Unity-2D instead of the default Unity. log out, at the log-in screen click on the gear symbol, choose Unity-2d instead of Unity.
  • Lubuntu, or just lubuntu-desktop
  • Xubuntu, or just xubuntu-desktop


  • Upgrade your RAM, Ubuntu uses a lot of RAM.


  • What drivers are you using for your video card, etc. is it an open source variant or is it nvidas own? (or Radeon, intel, etc. )
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It also depends on your hardware. I have seen both video drivers and wireless drivers cause significant slow downs. – bodhi.zazen May 24 '12 at 21:44
How about preload? and disabling startup applications. – Mateo May 24 '12 at 21:51

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