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I just settled down with my ideal setup, a dual boot of Windows 7 and Ubuntu, but for some reason Ubuntu's running slow for me. I heard that Ubuntu was pretty small and resource light, but should I switch to Lubuntu or Xubuntu? It means a lot because I have all of my shared files on my Linux partition so it would mean moving everything all over again.

Here are my specs from system monitor:

Ubuntu Release 12.10 (quantal) 64-bi5 GNOME 3.6.0

Hardware Memory: 2.9 GiB

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5850 @ 2.16GHz x2

Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS.

The computer itself is from 2008, I'm really trying to squeeze all I can out of it.

I'll be on this page for the next couple of hours so I'll respond to any replies. Thanks in advance!

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You do not mention RAM? Also; onboard or dedicated graphics? I have GNOME Session Fallback on a C2D & it flies compared to 7 which chugs. –  fleamour May 16 '13 at 20:00
    
@fleamour - RAM's there - "memory: 2.9GiB" –  Shauna May 16 '13 at 20:07
    
My bad, or bad formatting... –  fleamour May 16 '13 at 20:11
    
@Fleamour: Added graphics info. I'm not really sure what you're talking about..."GNOME Session Fallback on a C2D"...is that another operating system or just a configuration of ubuntu? –  misanthropicanthropologist May 16 '13 at 20:51
    
@scott goodgame: that would be awesome, it would make my ubuntu faster? and turn it into lubuntu? if it's true that's great news. –  misanthropicanthropologist May 16 '13 at 20:52

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Alternatively, if you are certain you want to leave plain Ubuntu, and depending on how much hard drive space you have, you could re-partition the Ubuntu installation using gparted into two sections. Use one for each of Lubuntu and xubuntu. Keep the existing /swap partition as it is. Each partition needs about 5GB minimum, but would be better with 20GB each. Then you can triple boot and give a lengthy test to each version, to see which you end up comfortable with.

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You can always just install the Xubuntu/Lubuntu desktops from the command line without affecting your current situation.

Press Ctrl+T to go to a terminal. Then,

For Xubuntu:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

And for Lubuntu:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

Now log out and log back in again. You'll be presented with choices to use for the present session.

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