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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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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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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Why to use ordinary kernel if there's realtime one?

What are benefits of an ordinary Ubuntu kernel compared to realtime one? What are realtime kernel's tradeoffs?
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defragmentation of ext2

Is it worth it? there is e2defrag. How long will it takes for 120GB? 8h will be enough? I would like to improve read/write on the hard disc. hard disc seems to be new(9 months old). its in my work ...
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What alternatives to Nautilus exist which are more responsive? [duplicate]

I like Nautilus, but it suffers from lag when navigating between folders. I estimate the delay at somewhere between 300ms-800ms. Not much, but enough to notice and feel sluggish compared to Windows ...
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Unable to start netperf server

I am working on Ubuntu 12.10 and I just installed netperf by apt-get install netperf. Then I tried to start netperf server by running netserver and I got Unable to start netserver with 'IN(6)ADDR_ANY' ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 is sluggish

I have a Lenovo G580 (4GB DDR3, ~500 GB HDD, Intel i3). I installed Ubuntu using the in-Windows installer on my Windows 7. Ubuntu was (and still is) slightly sluggish. By sluggish I mean, the OS GUI ...
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Unity or Unity2D, which will be fastest on a high spec computer?

I have a decent laptop. i7 quad 2.8, 8gb ram, and Nvidia nvs3100m. I wonder which of unity 3d and 2d that would be fastest on my system. Sure its hard to tell. And the question I'm seeking answer ...
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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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What programs can I use to improve network performance? [closed]

What programs are available to see the performance of my pc? My internet seems to be loading very slow and I have a business internet connection. I ran the command lshw -C network and this is what I ...
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Ubuntu SSD performance issue

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a 55GB Adata S599 SSD. I have a Asus M4N68T motherboard that does not support AHCI. Bootup takes a lot longer than expected and working in the system is not even close ...
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Does VirtualBox permanently affect performance?

I would like to install VirtualBox as an Ubuntu testing environment. Must I permanently sacrifice system resources such as RAM? Or only when the environment is running?
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Why I'm seeing 7 users, a abnormal usage of Virtual Memory, lots of stream connections and all process sleeping?

Using a Toshiba Satellite l645d s4025 amd dual core p320 2.1ghz 3gb ddr3 ram 250 gb hdd Below is the incomplete top report(don't know how to select all to copy) Using an Ubuntu 12.04 amd64 ...
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Is there any difference in using switch user and login?

I have configured my Ubuntu Oneiric to automatically login to a standard user account. This setup is for my parents who don't know much about computers. But when I use it I need to login as an ...
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How do I enable submission of performance data in Firefox 7?

One item in the release notes of Firefox 7 reads Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox This is feature is also called ...
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Will performance be worse if I encrypt the entire Hard Drive / SDD?

If I use whole disk encryption, will I notice a drop in performance? And what about for a SSD? And I see that there is a option in my bios that enables Intel AES-NI does this have any effect on my ...
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No Unity, launcher and dash on Ubuntu 13.04 within VirtualBox4.2.12 after enabel 3D Acceleration

I was using Ubuntu 12.10 in my VirtualBox4.2.12 on my Windows7 Host. They worked good. But when I install Ubuntu 13.04 in VirtualBox 4.2.12, the screen and display are very slow. I have followed this ...
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SSD tweaks for Ubuntu 12.04 cause Texmaker to compile a lot slower

I added these tweaks from Ubuntu SSD Tweak and Ubuntu Tweaks but now Texmaker is compiling slowly. Does someone know what tweak would be causing this? Or could I edit something unrelated to the ...
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How do I know if I'm getting the most out of my video card?

My computer at home is a bit lacking, so I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of it while I can. Generally speaking, here are the specs: 4GB Memory AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor ...
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Performance while on battery - Ubuntu 11.10

First time on battery after installing Ubuntu 11.10. What I immediately notice is poor graphics performance and overall poor system responsiveness. If I plug in the power chord, it's all good. I am ...
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How do I get Perfmon support for my kernel?

I would like to install perfmon for using performance monitoring events on my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server machine. I have read that Ubuntu kernel 2.6 comes with perfmon support. However, as we can see ...
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Slow and Laggy Animations

Why are my animations laggy and slow on my laptop? AMD Turion tl-56 and HD 3200 with 2 Gig Ram.
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Install to SD Card

I've been wondering about improving the performance and battery life of my netbook by installing my root partition to an SD card. Will there be any performance benefits (or drawbacks)? Are there any ...
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Mir the X Server replacement [closed]

I read much about the X Server replacement Mir, but I am not quite sure which benefits it will have. Ok it is a newer technologie, the currently used X server uses code that is twenty years old or ...
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How do you apply performance tuning settings for Native zfs?

I am currently running an Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop with some zfs pools. I have installed ZFS using the following instructions and from the PPA it contains: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZFS I have a ...
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Compiz taking 40-30% of CPU resources, is it ok ?

On normal working with nothing opened, compiz fires up to 50% CPU usage on my machine. Which is abnormal I think. Is this a bug or is this behavior ok? I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on Intel i5 ...
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Choices of tools for graphical performance indications?

On Windows I had some choices for tools that could display how hard my CPU or disk was working, in a graphical form so I could get a quick view of what's going on. Is there some analogous set of ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 slow performance [duplicate]

Just installed Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit on my ACER 5742 laptop. The performance is really slow. While browsing pictures in Google, occasionally my system just freezes for about 5 seconds. Also, ...
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How to speedup Ubuntu when user home directory on NIS/NFS?

I discovered that Ubuntu 11.04 is kinda slow when you have your home directory on NFS, even when NIS itself doesn't have any performence issues. Still it seems that many applications including ...
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Slow flash on certain web pages

When trying to use www.songsterr.com for listening guitar tablatures i get a few second lag between diplay and audio. Also, while playing on chesscube.com, moving the pieces is quite horrible because ...
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How can I improve performance and user experience in 11.10 (boot + shutdown time, graphics, …)

I've been dual-booting with Ubuntu and Windows since Ubuntu 9.04. This was the first time I used Ubuntu and was really happy with it. The boot and shutdown time was very nice and much shorter than on ...
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How do I disable TCP Window Scaling?

TCP Window Scaling is part of RFC1323 - TCP Extensions for High Performance I'm on Ubuntu 10.10 at the moment. For an immediate effect I have run the following: sudo sysctl -w ...
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Video performance on a Lenovo T520 is slow

I have a new Lenovo t520 with 8gb memory and a i7 cpu. It's the first time I 'really' install Ubuntu on a pc. I have about six months of experience with Ubuntu as a guest OS on Windows in a VM. Now ...
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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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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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Ubuntu 14.04 just update and very slow

So I just updated from Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04, and I noticed that my system (specifically animations and videos) are very slow. I disabled the animations, which helped. But its still working very slow, ...
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Integrated graphics: does Ubuntu work better with Intel HD Graphics 4000 or with an AMD APU (AMD Radeon 7660D)?

I'm planning to build a computer for myself, on which I'll install Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit. This computer will be used for light gaming and office work. In order to save some money, I'm planning to use ...
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USB write speed irregular

I would like some advice on why this is happening to my USB devices... I have tried a few USB 2.0 pendrives, FAT32, EXT4, NTFS. All no more than 16 GB big. Read speeds are fine (25-27MB/s) Write ...
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Performance issues with Radeon HD 5450

I have a Radeon HD 5450 graphics card. Running Ubuntu 10.04. When I install the proprietary graphics drivers I get good video rendering (YouTube) and appropriate screen resolution. But when I open a ...
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Why doesn't GNOME Shell run smoothly on my hardware?

I'm having problems running GNOME Shell with my NVIDIA 7025/nforce 630a (on-board). The animations don't run smoothly when I configure my BIOS to give 512MB to the chipset. The only solution I've ...
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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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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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Constant HIGH CPU Usage - even after reboot with no applications

Here is a PROBLEM, a lists of my ATTEMPTS to solve it, and a PLEA for help: [As indicated, I have read all similar 'answered' questions, and have not found an answer that works for me.] ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 is too slow [closed]

After a successful fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 (from USB flash drive) everything is much slower than in previous versions of Ubuntu on the same computer. It takes a few seconds to open a window or ...
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Why are all hard drives slow on my Ubuntu system?

On my computer, which dual-boots Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (kernel 3.5) and Windows 7, the hard drive speed is very fast on Windows but very slow on Ubuntu. The slowness remains when I boot on an Ubuntu Live ...
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Slow loading of pages (browser performance)

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed. I notice for certain webpages, firefox and chrome both load them very slowly. In fact, while text content loads quickly, both of the browsers seem to be loading ...
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Recent 12.04 Upgrade Makes My System and Internet Run Extremely SLOW! [closed]

I'm running a Dell Inspiron 1564 with Windows7/Ubuntu dual booting. I haven't logged into the Ubuntu OS partition for some time until recently (trying to force myself into a Linux environment to ...
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Unity 3D Display Lag [closed]

I find that there is quite a lot of lag when using Unity after upgrading to Precise. It seems that when I first start up the computer, everything is fine, but then if I put the computer on standy for ...
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What processes should be ioniced for a responsive desktop?

My goal is to intelligently and permanently ionice the processes on my desktop for responsiveness under heavy disk and network load. By permanently, I mean that any changes made to the system will ...
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Downloading large files hangs system

When Im trying to download large files, i.e. 1gb or more under FireFox, first of all it starts with very big download speed and in few seconds in almost get up to max (~11 MBps). It is downloading ...