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Ubuntu 13.04 is slower than Windows 8? Today I decided to try out Ubuntu 13.04 on my ASUS A55A PC. Honestly, I have been trying to get linux on my PC for a while because I have heard linux is suppose to be "way" faster than Windows. Finally I got around the UEFI firmware but have experienced a much slower, less snappy PC. Here are some specs:

Specs: Memory 5.7 GiB Proccessor Intel® Core™ i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz × 4 Graphics Intel® Ivybridge Mobile OS type 64-bit Disk: 9.4 GB

Note: My OS drive has 69,5 GB left on it, after installing Ubuntu. My Data drive has 277.5 GB left on it. I was thinking of trying to boot off the Data drive to see If I would get any speed improvments.

Installation: Did the typical "Install alongside Windows 8"

Anyways, is it common for Ubuntu to be slower than Windows? I have always heard the opposite. Was it due to me installing Ubuntu "alongside Windows 8" and only having 9.4 GB of Disk Space? It is not terribly slow but enough to be noticiable. On the good side, I really like the workspace switcher.

I would like to stick with Ubuntu but cannot seem to completely be satifsfied knowing the Windows 8 is more snappy and just quicker!

In conclusion, is the lack of speed in Ubuntu 13.04 due to my ignorance in only giving it 9.4 GB of disk space or rather that Windows 8 is superior to Ubuntu in terms of speed?

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In 'install alongside windows', You may have not created a swap partition in the installation. No swap partition cause that problem. If so, you may not be able to hibernate ubuntu as well. You can create a swap file instead of a swap partition, doing so won't help too much as a swap partition, but worth trying.

You can see how to create a swap file here.

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How can I check if a created said partition? I can access all my Windows files from Ubuntu if that matters. –  someemail Aug 21 '13 at 12:25
You can run the command sudo fdisk -l in the terminal, and check whether there is a partition called swap. If there is no swap, definitely it could be your problem. –  Deepal Aug 22 '13 at 5:29
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Did you install Ubuntu on it's own partition as using the wubi.exe to install Ubuntu will definitely be slow... Also since you're laptop is 64-bit make sure you are using the 64-bit version of Ubuntu also...

There's also many tweaks that can be applied to Ubuntu that will speed up drive access which will increase the overall speeds as well: How can I improve overall system performance?

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I didn't use wubi. Unfortunately I am using UEFI hardware. I did not install Ubuntu on its own partition. I installed it along windows 8. Is their anyway I can make an. ISO of Ubuntu so I don't have to reinstall all my stuff again? –  someemail Aug 21 '13 at 12:24
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You may not have the proper proprietary driver installed to support your graphic card. Launch "Ubuntu Software Center" and search for "additional driver".

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Intel drivers don't have proprietary drivers –  someemail Aug 21 '13 at 14:08
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I sped up Linux through uninstalling Linux and simply giving it more space. Just as a side note, I booted Kubuntu and it is better than unity! Even though it is a bigger distro it is pretty snappy!

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