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I have Dell Precision with i7 and Nvidia Quadro 2000M.

I have many 12MP (5MB JPEG) images from my camera. Image viewer on ubuntu needs 2-3 seconds to show next image. Windows 7 does the same in no-time, ps3 also, even my IPad is incredibly fast...

Is is possible to do something in order to improve performance? Maybe it's possible to enable hardware acceleration?

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Which viewer you used in Ubuntu? In my experience, Shotwell is much faster than the default Image Viewer, as the latter apparently doesn't pre-load next image.

Also this is disk operation, so if your Ubuntu running on an old drive and Windows 7 running on SSD that could make the difference too.



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+1, I have 10k+ large images on a SSD and Shotwell flips through them as fast as I can hit the button. Eye of Gnome takes a second or two per image. – Tom Brossman Jan 1 '13 at 11:17
thank you - this one is super fast! I was using default one from Ubuntu plus I've tried few others... but not Shotwell ;) – Maciej Miklas Jan 1 '13 at 14:10

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