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Restricting resources of user applications

Sometimes, either because of a memory leak or the computationally-intensive nature of a program, applications can start to slow down and ultimately freeze the whole system by claiming too much RAM or ...
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enabling swapping cripples system

I am having a strange issue. Essentially, when swapping is enabled (on a swap partition), the system becomes unusably slow even at times when no swapping is in fact occurring. For example, when ...
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Difference between System monitor and free -h

I have a Lenovo T430 laptop with 3.7GB of RAM. Since I started using this machine I observe the following strange behavior. If I do a lot of things, say have rails server running, a few nodejs ...
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I only have 1GB of ram, what can I do to improve the performance on my 32-bit 14.04 system? [duplicate]

I'm running a fresh install of Ubuntu on an old iMac. It was going painfully slow on OSX so I wiped that and installed Ubuntu overtop of it hoping it would speed things up a bit. I'm not going to be ...
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responsiveness drops drastically when RAM get's full after upgrading from 13.04

Since I've upgraded from ubuntu 13.04 to 14.04 (and before 13.10) my system get's to it's knees when the memory get's full and has to start swaping.. Of course I know that a performance penalty ...
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Why does my system use so much cache?

Previously, on my desktop computer running Ubuntu 14.04, I had 4GB RAM, which I thought should be plenty. However, after being on for a while, my computer would seem to get slow. I have a system ...
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zram vs zswap vs zcache Ultimate guide: when to use which one

What the hell are they? how are they different (I've written my understanding in an answer below) In the Zswap system, when a page is evicted from the zswap to the actual swap is it stored in a ...
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Ubuntu Frozen every time when Memory usage over 80%

Ubuntu Frozen every time when Memory usage over 80%, It seems that the system hangs due to a load of disk IO - the screen is frozen and the only thing I can see is the indicator LED of disk keeping ...
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Performance goes to Zero when RAM cache is full [closed]

This isn't a straightforward question as I've read that cached RAM will be released when needed. I have the hunch that this is not happening on my system (or something else is skrewed). I have a AMD ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Sever is running slow and not using full ram

I have a ubuntu VM of 12.04 server virsion and it is running on centos. VM have 8GB of RAM and 1 core processor for it. I amd running following application on it hadoop 1.0.4 hbase-0.94.12 ...
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1answer
69 views

Help with ram usage

I have a dual boot laptop with 512 MB RAM running Windows XP/Xubuntu. I try to load student.portal.chalmers.se (a huge bloat site) in Firefox. On XP, I can load the site without any swapping, but ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Versus Ubuntu 13.10 [duplicate]

I'm new to Ubuntu and I'm not sure which version to install. Which offers better performance? Which would you recomend? Thanks in advance.
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Ubuntu - One process running - Tons of memory used [duplicate]

I've installed Ubuntu using the Microsoft Windows Installer, and it's running pretty slow. I've got 3.8 GB ram on my computer, and by running free -m I'm getting the following results : ...
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56 views

Give a programm an unconstrained amount of RAM

I am running a Linux application, not WINE. How can I find out if it has any memory constraints, if any at all? If it does have memory constraints how can I increase it? I have 12GB of system RAM. ...
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530 views

Graphics performance reduced

I've installed Ubuntu recently. I love gaming on PC and I am trying out Ubuntu. But... I've been having a problem. My graphics card performance had been reduced in this OS. I used to run games in ...
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RAM doubled from 8 gb to 16 gb, now ubuntu 13.04 is SO SLOW!

I upgraded my RAM amount from 8 GB to 16 GB tonight. After the upgrade Ubuntu takes forever to boot and doing anything on the OS is hideously slow now. You can click on a menu and it will take ...
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1answer
512 views

can my 2 GB sd card be used as ram like in windows 7? [duplicate]

I'm trying to increase the ram on my old computer with a 2 GB sd card. You can configure Windows to use an SD card like RAM and I'm wondering if Ubuntu has that same ability.
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Why is find running here?

I noticed very high IOwait, even copying/pasting from NetBeans to Firefox was taking several minutes and hanging for a long while. In powertop, I noticed: Usage Events/s Category ...
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137 views

Is this Ram usage normal?

My system is Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit + Unity and it uses ~600mb with no other processes-apps open and with preload 900mb, just the core system. Is this the expected amount? It seems a bit steep to me but ...
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2answers
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2 GB Ram, but Ubuntu runs slowly and hangs if doing too much

I think my system more than meets the minimum/recommended requirements for Ubuntu, but its still running slowly. Especially when I try to multitask by having 4-6 windows open, then it becomes quite ...
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How to fully utilize RAM to increase overall system performance

I have a low profile machine but with a lot of fast RAM, 4 Gb, which is really an amount of memory that i probably will never use, not even an half, since i just use this machine for coding and ...
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1answer
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Why does whoopsie increasingly take more CPU?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I've been following whoopsie with the top program and noticed something strange. In the afternoon the daemon process was only using up to 2% of CPU power. But ...
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1answer
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Need more RAM?? Running VMmachine + ubuntu

So I looked but im running ubuntu in vm machine and its running at a snails pace and I installed the 64bit ver. Running windows 7 64bit the down side is that I only have 2GB of ram ...
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Ubuntu swappiness

I have a laptop with 4 GB RAM and i3 processor. It runs very fast when I use windows, but it keeps slowing down on my Ubuntu when I use it continuously. I noticed that 500mb+ swap is getting used even ...
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Best Ubuntu version for Virtualbox host

What is the best version to use as a Virtualbox host OS? Is it 12.04, or 9.04? I get the notion that an older system runs faster. Is this true? I especially have to consider the amount of RAM ...
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How to speed up installation?

I have an Acer 4736z with 2gb Ram and ubuntu 12.04 is running too slow for my standards. I would like to know if I am running useless processes that I am not aware of and remove packages I will never ...
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1answer
5k views

Good way to run Java and Eclipse from a ramdisk

It is often suggested to me that to improve the performance of the Eclipse development environment, that I should move the Java JDK/JVM (and possibly Eclipse) to a Ramdisk. I know that the Ubuntu has ...
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3answers
599 views

Disk I/O makes desktop unusable. System consumes too much memory

I have a long-term problem with my Acer TravelMate 3002WTMi (Pentium-M 1.73Ghz, 512 MB RAM) and Xubuntu 11.10. Whenever load increases machine tends to slow down to the point that it's totally ...
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222 views

Does removing extra workspaces in Unity2d impact CPU or RAM performance?

I never used workspaces, so I have set number of workspaces to 1. After restarting, unity seems to be kinda snappier. What`s in theory?
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757 views

Which of these services can I safely disable?

Before install stuff on my server I wanted to trim down unnecessary services. etc. Here's the top: 615 ubuntu 20 0 26948 7384 1648 S 0.0 1.2 0:00.39 bash ...
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Would I benefit from reducing, or increasing swappiness?

I've read a few articles now about changing the swappiness level on Ubuntu to possibly increase performance. But I'm very unfamiliar with how swappiness works, would I benefit from increasing, or ...