Questions about improving the performance/speed of Ubuntu. Note that this is a general tag, and should be accompanied by another tag indicating what kind of performance you are referring to.

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How to perform a detailed and quick 3D performance test

I am wondering how to quickly test performance of my 3D graphics. Since glxgears is not benchmark what should I use. Also glxgears sometimes stuck at 60FPS, you cannot even compare before/after driver ...
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Graphics performance of 945GME

Edit: Since setting Appearance -> Visual Effects up to a stunning "Normal", I now get ~35 FPS in glxgears right after login, with nothing else running :( I'm getting terrible graphics performance in ...
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Get flash drive to cache disk reads to primary partition

Basically I'm looking for a way to mimic Windows' ReadyBoost. I asked this question on Unix.SE to get an idea of whether this was even possible and it seems like it is. Appparently there is a cachefs ...
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How to speed up rsync/tar of large Maildir?

I have a very large Maildir I am copying to a new machine (over 100BASE-T) with rsync. The progress is slow. VERY SLOW. Like 1 MB/s slow. I think this is because it is a lot of small files that ...
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Thunderbird compact is taking forever

The other day I came in to work and found that our development server - a Ubuntu box - had a full hard disk. I did a bit of investigation and it seems like mozilla thunderbird is the major culprit. ...
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Slow Ubuntu 10.04 after long time unused

I'm at spring break so I'm back at my parent's house. I've turned my computer on which has been off since January and its unusably slow. This was not the case when I last used the computer in January. ...
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MacBook Pro: should I virtualize Ubuntu or use Boot Camp?

I'm looking to run Ubuntu on a 2008 MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz C2D, 2GB GDDR3. Will it be okay performance wise through virtualization such as VMWARE or should I use BootCamp? Thanks.
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How to tweak Ubuntu running on an old PC?

After getting some old, but fancy hardware from my friends, I want to setup a second PC running ubuntu. Due to the fact that the hardware is more than five years old, I'll have to tweak some things to ...
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How to check system performance?

Is there a way to measure the performance of 3D acceleration, java applets, firefox scrolling etc. with a tool and compare it with lets say a windows OS or other users having almost the same hardware? ...
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RAID slow on all levels

I am getting very slow write speeds (<1MB) with RAID 1 and RAID 0 (striping and mirroring). The read speeds are sufficiently fast but writing is very slow. At first I thought it was just poor ...
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Tuning my Ubuntu installation [closed]

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 and i'm interested in hearing a few tips on how to improve performance and tune my system to be faster. Any articles or links on this? Thanks in advance!
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Should I reorder partitions regarding performance

I have in principal 3 big partitions on my Netbook. One Windows, one for shared files, one for Ubuntu. I recently find out (using hdparm) the the hardisk seems to have much better perfomance on the ...
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Ubuntu slows down over time?

About a few months ago I was using Ubuntu (doing something in the command line) when it started lagging really bad. I would hit S (or any other key) and like 20 seconds later it would show up in my ...
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What is the performance overhead of encrypted /home?

I have a netbook with Windows on the second partition and Xubuntu (/ and /home) on the third partition. I selected to encrypt my home folder during installation. The performance of the netbook is ...
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Best way to set up DNS caching?

In order to speed up DNS lookups, I want to install a DNS cache or proxy. I can see at least three programs I think will do the job: bind9, pdnsd, or dnsmasq. I would like to make sure that if I ...
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System has gotten very slow of late. How to unearth the problem?

I have been running processor and memory intensive tasks past 2 weeks. But, even after i stop the run, the system is pathetically slow. A simple operation like opening the terminal by clicking on the ...
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Performance cost of running Ubuntu from external hard drive

A friend just complained to me about Ubuntu being slow. Although I've noticed a certain lack of snappiness with Linux vs Windows in the past, I really can't say I've had much to grumble about with ...
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Slow Response and System Lag

Recently my computer has been responding slowly. It was fine few days ago, but now it always lags. I need to find the cause. Thanks.
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Tips for debugging Samba performance?

Samba gives me 24 MB/s read and 44 MB/s write, while ftp gives 97 and 112 MB/s under the same circumstances. The documentation says that Generally, you should find that Samba performs ...
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Can I limit the CPU usage of a single application?

Is there a way to stop ClamScan eating my server CPU?
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gvfs-afc-volume-monitor uses a lot of CPU

In my Ubuntu 9.10 installation, I notice that the process gvfs-afc-volume-monitor causes my CPU core to go to 100% (that means for my dual-core machine to 50%). Killing this process helps, but I see ...
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Mutter slows down my system

My Ubuntu (10.10, netbook remix, unity) almost freezes from time to time. As far as I've investigated, the problem is with mutter. Then I run pkill mutter it restarts window manager and system ...
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How can I speed up the graphic display on an HP Mini 110 series?

I have an HP Mini 110 series, and I see that anything that involves grahics or window management is getting very slow. I have the usual 1GB of RAM and the Atom N450 processor. Is there any special ...
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Is My Filesystem Corrupt or Something?

OK, so for the past 2 days my Ubuntu Install (10.10) has been acting in a very strange manner. Just after the login process is done, and the desktop is loading everything seems to be fine, it is fast ...
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Why is Ubuntu running slowly on this computer?

I'm running ubuntu lucid lynx on the following config: 2GB DDR2 Ram 1.50Ghz Core2Duo Nvidia 128MB 8400GS GFX Card Due to some reason the entire operating system feels laggy. The window manager, ...
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Anti virus / Anti malware software [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is scanning VIRUS needed on Linux Distros? Do I need anti virus / anti malware software? Which sw do you recomend? Where do I get it? Im new to Ubuntu.
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Poor compiz performance on NVidia 9500 GT

I have just installed Ubuntu on both my laptop and my workstation. My laptop is a somewhat older one, with a 2Ghz centrino Core 2 Duo processor, an NVidia GeForce Go 7300 graphics card, and 2 ...
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Very long Gnome login time

My machine is taking ages to get from the login screen after booting to actually showing the gnome desktop (as in, over a minute). It seems as though it is just waiting for a long period of that time ...
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Apple G4 733Mhz and 512Mb Ram… Any suggestions on what to use for good performance?

I'd like to install Ubuntu on this little g4 I've found... I hope to get a better performance than Os X 10.4, is it possible? I thought about using a server minimal install and then put on it gnome, ...
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Better drivers for SiS 650/740 integrated video?

I installed Xubuntu 10.10 on an old box today and the graphical performance is horrid. According to lspci, the video card is this: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] ...
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How to manually trigger fsync()?

I've used libeatmydata to quickly perform apt-get update. Now I want to run standard fsync to make sure that everything is written to disk. How can I do it? Preferably a small script / binary, and for ...
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Can I simulate a slow hard drive?

I have hunch that a certain intermittent bug might only manifest itself when there is a slow disk read rate. Troubleshooting is difficult because I can't reliably reproduce it. Short of simply ...
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How do we get this magic performance-boosting 200 line patch?

I read today on Phoronix that there is a 200 line patch to the Linux Kernel which dramatically improves desktop responsiveness. How can Ubuntu users get this in a way that's supported?
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What would be the recommended kernel configuration for a gaming machine?

I have read a lot of talk about how OpenSUSE is using a "Desktop" kernel. This kernel utilizes a 1000hz timer and full preemption among other things. The feature request here goes into more detail ...
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Do you ever have to do any regular maintenance?

For example, de-fragmenting, disc cleanup, or stuff like that?
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Is there a tool to measure speed of your pc/laptop?

In Windows 7 there is a tool that calculates some kind of index of your machine: the performance index. I am not sure how it is done, but it is nice to know, to be able to compare machines. Does ...
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Long wait time on login

When I log in on my server I get this: No mail. Last login: Fri Nov 5 14:22:45 2010... then I must wait for 5 sec and then is ready... wolfy@ubuntu-server:~$ Is this wait time normal or should ...
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Why does Chrome video performance substantially degrade after waking from suspend in 10.10?

Note: For some more details, some of which may not be true given what I've figured out, see this post. When I first boot my computer, video performance (both native H.264 HTML5 in YouTube and Vimeo, ...
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Why four tasks named kslowd eat CPU time?

I installed Unity on my Belinea o.book 13011. Now there are four Tasks named kslowd000 to kslowd003. Each task uses 10-15% CPU, expect there is another Task that needs more. So the CPU Fan is ...
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How do I improve boot speed?

I have seen many videos that make Ubuntu faster, but only makes the desktop faster. I am looking to make my computer boot faster. Is their anything i can do to make Ubuntu boot significantly faster?
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Performance of 3D applications on Unity/Compiz comparison with other configurations

In the past I have had three important applications having problems with compiz and the proprietary Nvidia graphics driver, they are; Googleearth, The Secondlife client and Blender, compiz and the ...
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i3 core performance problems

I just tried to play Quake3 (QuakeLive) on a new laptop with an i3 core integrated gpu, running Ubuntu 10.10. Strangely, the performance was terrible. I'm running on intel driver, which seems to load ...
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Bad performance with ATI Radeon X1300?

i'm having problem with Ubuntu 10.04 and my Ati radeon X1300. In particular i can't enable effect (compiz) because they are SLOW, and, for example, the same game (hedgewars) on the same pc run very ...
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Will unity performance improve in natty or remain slow?

There are some apps developed by canonical that are way too slow. This are USC and Unity. Unity in 10.10 is insanely slow (compared to GNOME which isn't actually a very fast DE) and totally unusable ...
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Why is Flash performing so badly in 10.10 64-bit compared to 10.04 64-bit?

Edit: After discovering some more about the problem (namely that it seems to be caused by waking from suspend) I created a new question. In Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit, I was running the latest 64-bit Flash ...
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How can I log my SSD's read performance over time?

I'd like to keep a log over time, perhaps weekly, of my solid state drive's read rate as determined by a tool like System -> Administration -> Disk Utility -> Benchmark: Is there a way to archive ...
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What performance differences are there when installing with Wubi?

I know that Wubi is slower in disk IO, but I can't find anything about it online other than vague statements such as "slightly slower disk seeks". Has anyone done any benchmarks to quantify the speed ...
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Can I configure Mutter to unredirect fullscreen windows?

I tried a Google search on the subject; however I came up with nothing. Is there a way I can enable this option so I can enable good 3d performance while using Unity?
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Will running dual monitors have any significant impact on system speed?

Will setting up dual monitors on a decent-but-not-too-powerful machine significantly slow down my system? For specifics to my system, this is a 2GHz Intel Dual-core laptop with 4GB RAM and a decent ...
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Is there a way to force a specific file to exist in RAM only?

I like this suggestion of mounting a tmpfs at /var/log in order to reduce disk writes. Is there any way to do something similar for just a single file such as ~/.xsession-errors? My incentive for ...