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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Automatic switching between performance and powersave mode on plugging in/out the power supply

Recently I've been trying to investigate why my laptop is so slow. I found out that it runs at ~600Mhz, regardless of the power supply being plugged in or not. Note that it's Intel i5-2540M nominally ...
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Lubuntu on ASUS 1215

I have a ASUS Eee PC 1215P netbook (Seashell series) and liked to migrate from it's original MS-Windows 7 to Ubuntu/Lubuntu. There are documents on Ubuntu official website website which certifies that ...
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cpu is always at high consumption 50% - 90%, what can be checked for solving?

My platform: Host: Ubuntu 14.04.2 Virtualbox ubuntu 14.10. The cpu of the client 14.10 is always reach at high consumption, although no app running. After a start up, I launch nothing, the cpu is ...
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Worse compiz performance in Ubuntu 14.04LTS

I know this question has been asked multiple times before, but they seem to be like 3-4 years old now and I could not find any associated with Ubuntu 14.04. Also, solutions mentioned there do not ...
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Why is Ubuntu so slow? (I'm a new user) [duplicate]

I am new to Linux. It seems to be that Ubuntu is much slower than other Windows OS. Please show me how I can improve my computer's performance. Thank you very much in advance. Theo
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Setting to High Performance

When I had Windows 8.1, there was a power option for "High Performance" which allowed higher performance at the cost of power supply. Is there a way to set my power option to "High Performance" on ...
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how to check if zfs is using the kernel module

I am having perfomance troubles (transfer rates only about 50MB/s using 6 2TB server hdds WDC WD2003FYYS, each doing app 150 MB/s) with my raidz and was hoping to increase it with the ZFS on Linux ...
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Why is my system unbearably slow?

I have a Thinkpad Edge E430, Core i5 dual core, 4GB RAM, Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit. It is pretty common for my system to freeze in such a way that the mouse cursor still reacts, slowly, lagging - but ...
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Any benefit to uninstalling unused applications?

I am a newcomer to Linux and after a few months of trying out different distros I have now settled on Ubuntu 14.10 on my aging HP TX2000 Notebook. One thing I am unsure of is if there is any benefit ...
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Recommanded step for Apache and mysql Performance tuning

I googling lots of sites and forums to solve issue but i didn't get result as my expectation. I installed successfully Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on ProLiant DL360 hardware with LAMP environment. Hardware ...
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Ubuntu performance drop

I upgraded to Ubuntu 14 and it seems im lagging. I started playing a 2d rpg game on steam and my whole pc is a bit sluggish. I read that I should use xubuntu or something. I'm on an intel HD processor ...
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Very slow Chromium browser

On my machine Chromium is very slow, I had to switch to Firefox where everything works fine. Looks like this is a kind of JavaScript problem (eg. slowed down typing on Facebook), pages loading slower, ...
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What can I do to restore disk performance on slower Ubuntu VM

I have Ubuntu 12.04 (x86) running under VMware Workstation 10.0.5 on a Windows 7 x64 host. Disk access in this VM is noticeably slow - it takes ages just to start Firefox, for example, and the disk ...
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What is throttling multithreaded performance? [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 12.04.5 (64 bit) on a Dell T5500 with two Xeon 5650 6-core processors specifically to run the free DCP-o-matic software (http://dcpomatic.com/). The same machine used all 24 virtual ...
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Which subdirectories of / should have compression disabled in btrfs root filesystem?

Imagine you set up your root filesystem to be btrfs with Ubuntu 14.10 defaults (one subvolume for / and one for /home) and you want to compress and deduplicate as much as possible. Which directories ...
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Opening programs very slow on Ubuntu 14.10

When I open any program for first time after boot on my Ubuntu 14.10 it takes 8 second and more ! i think i have powerfull laptop with Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.40GHz & nvidia gt630M & ...
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Accessing tty1 through 6 takes unreasonably long

When I try to switch from the X session (tty7), it takes very long. Once in tty1-6, going to tty1-7 is instant. It feels as if the time a tty7 -> ttyX switch takes was a function: tty7 -> ttyX ...
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Enable full performance on Sandy Bridge laptop

I have 2nd gen Intel i7 laptop. I use Thermald and tlp for managing battery life (they are great!). However, sometimes I don't care about noise and power consumption, and want the CPU to run at full 3....
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Ubuntu is very slow when Intel SpeedStep is enabled (CPU is not used in full speed)

I have a Dell notebook with i7 processor and Ubuntu 14.10. When i disable SpeedStep in my BIOS my computer is very fast but the fan runs very often and the battery gets empty fast. When I activate ...
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How should I encrypt Ubuntu Server 14.04 with AES on RAID 10 and RAID 5?

After researching I've come to the conclusion that my set up is just not standard enough to have a direct answer floating about on the interwebs. My Hardware: i7 950 CPU 24 GB DDR3 7 2TB 7200 RPM ...
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After I installed UFW ssh login very slow

I'm wondering if I made a mistake or if this is the normal case. I turned off password based ssh login and changed it to RSA key exchange. After that I changed the ssh port and then I installed UFW. I ...
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New member with performance question [duplicate]

Just loaded Ubuntu on an older PC and it seems to be running very slow and “choppy”. I am running ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my 2003 Compaq Presario S4000NX. RAM = 993MB Processor = Intel Celeron 2....
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Critical random slowdown issue using KVM/QEMU

I'm having a critical issue with KVM/QEMU which is severely impacting one of my projects and I don't know where to put my hands. I've set up a brand new physical server configured with a 2 x Intel ...
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which version on older laptop? [duplicate]

my 5 yo acer laptop came with windows vista which was just ok. I loaded win7 and it is now extremely sluggish. I'm going to wipe it completely and install an older ubuntu version* I need it for ...
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Can I get a 100% dedicated CPU to my critical process?

I am looking for a way to get a consistent time measurement (<1% difference between the different runs) for my program under Ubuntu 14.04. perf stat shows that I still get quite a few context ...
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Upstart vs Systemd Performance

Has anyone measured difference in performance between these 2 systems on Ubuntu? Systemd is coming, and it has it's merits, but I fear Upstart will be tough to beat on Ubuntu, since it had years of ...
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Ubuntu Gaming Question - Poor Performance

So this is sort of a hardware question relating to the performance of games on my laptop. I am trying to play Counter Strike: Global Offensive (Click here for required hardware), and am facing sever ...
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How to check if SSHD works? [duplicate]

I have a Laptop with an 500 GB SSHD and running Ubuntu on it. A friend of mine told me he is not sure if Ubuntu is even capable of taking advantage in terms of performance of this technology. So my ...
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Terrible performance in desktop at 4K

i'm running ubuntu 14.04, is it a known problem to have bad performance compared to windows? This is my setup: 2x nvidia gtx970 intel i7 5820K monitor: Samsung U28D590 nvidia drivers: 343.22 one ...
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How can I make perf script -g python work?

After installing perf with the linux-tools-common package, I still can't use the python/perl scripting abilities. $ sudo perf script -g python Python scripting not supported. Install libpython and ...
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How to check file-level write performance?

In a very similar question, the accepted answer suggests to do: dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/output bs=8k count=10k; to measure the write speed of a hard disk. My tests were inconclusive. I have an LVM-...
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Photoshop CS6 on Wine Performance Improvement

So I'm running Photoshop CS6 on Wine on Ubuntu 14xx. My issue is once I get deeper into work (fairly large images), the performance drops...a lot. When I ran Photoshop on Windows using the same PC, I ...
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InkScape starts extremely slow

InkScape starts extremely slow on a powerful machine (16GB RAM, Intel Core i7, SSD). I did: $ inkscape After 8 seconds the window appears. This happens every time I start inkscape. Is this a ...
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VMware Player 7 performance on Ubuntu 14.0.4

My dual-boot laptop (Windows 8.1 + Ubuntu 14.04) I installed, on both Windows and Ubuntu, VMware Player 7.0.0. In other words: Same exact hardware (16GB RAM!) Same VMware Player version (7.0.0) ...
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ubuntu 14.04 server memory problems

I'm getting this weird memory problem that causes massive slow down on any programs but doesnt want to go away till reboot. so when i do htop the memory usage shows half my ram is used but if i do ...
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apt-get update starts 'by itself' and never stops running

I noticed my laptop becomes really slow from time to time. I think, but I'm not 100% sure, that this only happens after i plug the power in, and it started happening several days ago. Then I also ...
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Logical sector size for physical sector size of 4096

With many new hard drive disks the physical sector size is 4096. Would it be possible to make the system use a logical sector size of the same size, rather than the default logical sector size of 512?...
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Which parts of Ubuntu would you place on SSD and not HDD? (to leverage better system responsiveness without excessive write cycles to the SSD)

Which parts of Ubuntu would you offload from an SSD installed system to HDD or vice versa, to reduce write cycles and still enjoy better responsiveness? I assume the following, but must be missing ...
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Any benefit installing ubuntu desktop on SSD [closed]

For a large memory (lots of RAM) Ubuntu desktop machine, is there any upside to installing Ubuntu on SSD ? wouldn't everything be loaded to memory right after boot anyway, making it just superfluous? ...
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Cannot play media on Acer Aspire One AO751h

I am having problems with playing media on my Acer Aspire One AO751h on Linux. All media is laggy and jumpy, even MP3s and XVid-encoded video. I know that the laptop IS capable of at least playing ...
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Harddisk operations totally brings down my system respond time to its knees

I have massive system slowdowns during harddisk operations on my PC. My Firefox is responding slow, it gets to a extreme at times that it actually becomes a not responding program and greys out during ...
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Ubuntu runs super slow [duplicate]

I have an Acer Aspire computer that contains: Intel Atom CPU 1.33 GHz x 2 2.0 GB RAM Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.4, 128 bits) Disk 243.9 GB I thought that Ubuntu would run faster than Windows ...
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Are proprietary drivers better for battery life?

I have an Intel HD 4400 onboard video card. I was pondering getting the properitary linux drivers from Intel. Will this increase battery life and performance? Does this apply to other components as ...
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Slow performance on good hardware? 12.04

I am experiencing slow performance on good hardware, here are my specs: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Memory: 8 GiG (7.7 Usable) Processor: IntelCore i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz x 4 Graphics: Intel Ivybridge Mobile OS ...
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Incredibly bad M.2 SSD performance (HP OMEN with Samsung XP941)

I have a new laptop (HP Omen) and have just, after great trials and tribulations, installed Kubuntu on it. The install is a dualboot install along with the factory Win8.1 installation using EFI mode. ...
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Install Ubuntu on an external hard drive

If I install Ubuntu on an external hard drive USB 3.0 is it gonna be slow to work on and do some gaming (Metro, borderlands etc.)?
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Is it usable to install ubuntu over laptop Dell Latitude E5420 already installed with Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I am using Windows 8.1 on Dell Latitude E5420 and I am interested to give a try to Ubuntu. So to use Ubuntu efficiently, whether would I need to remove Windows and then install Ubuntu or can install ...
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Change Frequency But nothing different

My problem here: root@LeAn:~/Desktop# sh MinPower.sh CPU MHz: 1200.000 root@LeAn:~/Desktop# lscpu | grep MHz CPU MHz: 1200.000 root@LeAn:~/Desktop# python TestCpu.py 11....
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Will only Xubuntu be faster than dualbooting with Windows 8?

I have installed Xubuntu alongside with Windows 8. I want to install Xubuntu again without Windows 8. Fresh installation, just Xubuntu. Will this increase this my performance?
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Ubuntu 14 Idle - Non Activity Causes Poor Performance

I'm having an issue with Ubuntu 14. I have a touch screen and I noticed after medium to long periods of inactivity the device "throttles down" and takes a few moments to snap back. When I tap the ...