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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Computer running very slowly under 13.04

After having some bouts with windows 8 I decided to throw it out and run Ubuntu as the main operating system. Currently I am having some problems with performance: Even when running the simplest ...
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Why is Ubuntu 14.04 so slow on my laptop? [closed]

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a Dell laptop with 1.7Ghz Pentium M and 1Gbyte memory. Graphics are Intel® 852GM/855GM x86/MMX/SSE2, OS type is 32bit. The whole system is VERY slow. When I launch ...
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Will installing Ubuntu to dual boot with windows 8 slow down Windows?

I am going to install Ubuntu to dual boot with Windows 8 soon, but one of my friends warned me that partitioning my hard drive will slow my computer down. I run on a 500GB HDD and 8GB of ram if that ...
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high performance with xen, vmware or virtualbox

I was wondering which is the best method to go about if I want to play win based games. I do not want to go with the dual boot method as this will cost me time to restart, login and run a os to do my ...
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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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How to make dash load faster in unity-2d

My dash always takes 10-15 seconds to show up. Is there a way to make it stay permanently loaded in the RAM or something so that it shows up faster?
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What is IOMMU and will it improve my VM performance?

My Motherboard's chipset supports this feature IOMMU, i've read (but not really understand) that it improves the VM performance by letting the VM make use of the actual physical hardware instead of ...
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Firefox Slow Performance

I have to say, firefox on ubuntu's performance is attrocious. Very quickly it gets into 100% cpu use (thank god I have multiple cores) and hundreds of megs of ram. Even closing tabs does not help the ...
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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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Ubuntu Gnome 14.10 - desktop performance degraded when certain apps are running

I have upgraded from Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 to 14.10 yesterday using standard Software Updater GUI. The upgrade went smooth, however once upgrade was done I've noticed significant desktop performance ...
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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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Is there a benchmark tools for Ubuntu?

Is there a benchmarker (a tool to measure computer performance) for Ubuntu (like SuperPI, 3DMark, or PCMark)?
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My system is very slow running Ubuntu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve overall system performance? I recently installed Ubuntu. I was using Windows XP for years, then I decided to try Linux. This is my computer: 2.40 Ghz, ...
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How does ecryptfs impact harddisk performance?

I have my home directy encrypted with ecryptfs. Does ecryptfs lead to fragmentation? I have the feeling that reading files, displaying folders and login became continuously slower and slower ...
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What to do against game performance drop in 12.04 when using unity (3D)?

I experience a huge drop in game performance since my fresh install of ubuntu 12.04 My PC consists of an Nvidia Geforce GTX 460, AMD Phenom II X4 965 CPU and 4GB of RAM and I use nvidias proprietary ...
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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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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 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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How to make faster first search at Unity-Dash? Way slower than second one

After a reboot, first searching at Unity Dash will be slower (15 sec) than the second search (seems instant), on my system at least. I guess this is because file index is cleared after a reboot and ...
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Is my boot process normal? It takes 50 seconds boot

Here's my boot.log resume: libgcrypt version: 1.5.0 fsck from util-linux 2.19.1 fsck from util-linux 2.19.1 fsck from util-linux 2.19.1 /dev/sda5: clean, 668102/3276800 files, 4449436/13107200 blocks ...
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How to restore/change Alt+Tab behaviour/ram usage and a few other things after Ubuntu upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10? [closed]

I use Ubuntu for programming. I recently updated it from 11.04 to 11.10. There are some things I don't like in the new version of Unity desktop interface. I don't actually know if it is hard to ...
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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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Assign more than 1 CPU/core to a process

I lost the password to open a PDF file I need to access, so I installed pdfcrack with the hope to recover my password. Actually it's one month that pdfcrack is running but I still am waiting for the ...
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Will a package I compile myself perform better than installing from the repositories?

Does a package performance is different when it's compiled from sources, or installed from repository ? Is it possible, what during the compilation, the package will be "more adapted" (performance, ...
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What's a good cheap video card?

Can anyone recommend a good, cheap video card that can handle modern desktop requirements? Cheap is somewhere under $50. I'm talking about decent 3d effects for Unity and friends, as well as playing ...
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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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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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How to run Ubuntu without GUI in Virtual Box?

I have a Windows XP laptop, in which I run VirtualBox with the latest Ubuntu, my hardware is little old, so running the latest version of Ubuntu inside Virtual box is kind of a hassle, very slow ...
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Does compiling a linux kernel make the OS faster?

Does compiling a downloaded linux kernel (e.g 3.2) make the OS (e.g ubuntu) faster on that specific machine?
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Desktop runs very slick, animations are all fast and flawless. Moving windows around, however, is very laggy. Why?

This isn't a question about Ubuntu being laggy in general - not at all, in fact, it's very slick and fast for me. Clicking the "Workspace Switcher" in the dock performs the animation immediately and ...
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Slow installation of applications in Ubuntu Software Center?

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 desktop and I am in the process of learning. I want to install some applications from the Ubuntu Software Center, but the installation process is quite long and slow. ...
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How will 12.10 disk encryption affect performance?

As the title suggests. Massive performance degradation? And what technology does it use?
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Switching mdadm to an external bitmap

I've just read this in another post about improving RAID5/6 write speeds: After increasing stripe cache & switching to external bitmap, my speeds are 160 Mb/s writes, 260 Mb/s reads. :-D ...
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Ubuntu feels slow after 11.10 update

I recently updated Ubuntu to the latest 11.10 version. For some reason since the update Ubuntu reacts slowly. For example, when I drag a window there is a delay in the movement, when I write text it ...
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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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Ubuntu sometimes starts swapping like crazy for no reason

Every once in a while, my Ubuntu starts using the hard disk like crazy, and for 3 minutes I can't move the mouse nor access any console, even CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE and CTRL-ALT-F1 do nothing. It is ...
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Tell the kernel to strongly cache a particular directory

This question is a rephrasing of Optimizing EXT4 performance. I have a directory that contains build files, most very small, but totaling 5.6G. I usually access the same subset of files (some ...
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Will Ubuntu go faster with Ubuntu 2D instead of Ubuntu 3D?

I tried both Ubuntu 3D and 2D, and it looks as if it goes fast in both, except when I open the dash menu (in 3D), it goes too slow. If I resize the Dash, it goes a little slowly, but not too much. Is ...
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Is Firefox 6 performance worse in Ubuntu than upstream?

It has been said that Firefox 6 will perform better than previous version because it compiles with a newer version of GCC, version 4.5, and aggressive optimization. When I updated to Firefox 6 in ...
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Unity is slow and laggy on my PC

I love Unity but its performance is slow and it always lags when I multi task. I have 512 MB of RAM. Please help me, I want to do my work smoothly with Unity.
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Does installing to an extended partition reduce disk performance?

I was reading the latest issue of Full Circle (issue 63) and there was an article comparing boot times under various configurations. One of the comparisons was with an installation in a primary ...
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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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Opening programs very slow on ubuntu 12.10

When I open any program for first time after boot, it loads VERY slowly (Doesn't matter how long after boot). For example, terminal takes 2-3 seconds, skype and firefox often take much longer. If I ...
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How to speed up Evolution

I have a moderately big Inbox file (around 2.3Gb) and Evolution takes a lot to start (it takes over 2.5 mins until I can perform any action -read or compose mail, for instance-). During that time, the ...
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Is it possible to use both SLI and two monitors at the same time on Ubuntu with Nvidia?

I'm completely and utterly baffled by my inability to use both SLI and a dual monitor setup, even with Nvidia's latest proprietary drivers. Now I have to choose between the ergonomic and productive ...
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Is there a WINE version of Flash as a plugin to Firefox or Chrome?

I've seen complaints about flash performance. Would it be possible to use WINE as a plugin to firefox in order to get better performance out of flash? (Hopefully WINE would utilize some sort of ...
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I am using Edgy Eft (6.10). If I switch to 10.04, how will it affect performance?

On my laptop (hw info below) I currently run Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft). The computer has been my work computer since 2006. I am considering doing a reinstall to get something more recent. What can I ...
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16GB SSD booster on ubuntu

I've bought a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge laptop which has a hybrid 320GB HDD + 16GB SSD, then I've installed Ubuntu 12.04, so now I have dual boot - Ubuntu/Windows7. Everything is fine but the question is ...
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Can an external flash or hard drive be used to boost performance, similar to Windows' ReadyBoost?

I have a number of spare external hard disk drives lying about the place and I was wondering if there is any practical way of using an external hard drive or USB flash memory drive to boost ...
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How can I empty the trash without first opening it?

The only way I've seen how to empty the trash is to use the Empty Trash button that is displayed after choosing Go | Trash in Nautilus. If there are too many items in the trash it can take a long time ...