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I am new to linux and was wondering why launching applications is so slow. I've tried both Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit

Computer Specs: Toshiba Satellite p755 CPU: Intel core i7-2670QM @2.20GHz Ram: 8 GB Using integrated intel hd 3000 graphics

When I install the first thing I do is update, which takes about an hour or so. I would assume I'd be good after that, but when launching things like the firefox, system settings, thunderbird it takes a much much longer time than on Windows 7. Please help me.

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What does system monitor say? screenshot? –  Alvar Jan 3 '13 at 20:00
    
Slow... but HOT! askubuntu.com/questions/225631/… –  mlvljr Jan 3 '13 at 20:06
    
Maybe it is the problem of unity desktop. I've tries unity in ubuntu 12.04, but it is too slow that I change to xfce which is a lightweight desktop environment and has the classic look as gnome2. –  zfz Jan 5 '13 at 6:53
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Could be unity but he's talking about applications being slow to start. And most computers are faster with unity and ubuntu than windows 7 in my experience. Perhaps you have a disk problem? Try looking at the smart data in disk utility to see if your hard disk is ok –  James Jan 5 '13 at 10:55
    
A common suggestion is to install preload: askubuntu.com/questions/218546/…. You have more than enough memory to do that. –  FvD Feb 12 at 20:34
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Try Ubuntu 12.04/13.10 32 bit

At first this may seem weird, but the truth is that 32 bit OS works very well on 64 bit systems.You can download 32 bit OS from here.

Try Lubuntu/Xubuntu

If the first option does not work, You can use Xubuntu or Lubuntu(again I suggest you to use 32 bit OS)

Get Xubuntu from here.
Get Lubuntu from here.

For more info read can-a-32-bit-os-run-in-a-64-bit-processor?

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