Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm 3 years into using Ubuntu as my default OS, but I notice that Ubuntu is becoming slower after some weeks of installation. On all the Ubuntu versions I have used including "Ubuntu 10.10, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04", the boot becomes slower. When I make a fresh install, it boots in just 17 seconds... after 2 mouths, the system takes almost 1 minute to boot (Slower than Win7). I tried to disable all the software that starts with the System, but the problem continues (I had this problem with my older notebook, so it's not hardware related).

Ubuntu's boot looks inconsistent too, because sometimes I see the purple boot screen, sometimes I just can see an underline at the left-top side of screen. So. Why is Ubuntu's boot going slower with time? Can it be fixed?

share|improve this question
I've been using Ubuntu since 2008 and I've Never had bootup time increase with age. Though I have seen weird looking boot screens before. Perhaps your system is running filesystem checks during bootup? – Sepero Oct 4 '12 at 4:36
Same here, boot time increases with age of installation:( – Tachyons Oct 4 '12 at 5:55

Depending on the applications you install these can all affect boot time.

It is an easy thing to diagnoise just install

sudo apt-get install bootchart

After you install and reboot look in /var/log/bootchart and evaluate your data.

share|improve this answer

Anything that installs as a system service will be loaded every time you boot. This includes things like the MySQL server, Apache server or any other server processes that install themselves system-wide.

If you have installed a lot of software like this it is going to affect boot time a bit.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.