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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What broke Firefox? After upgrade to 14.04 Firefox plugin-container eats 179% CPU

After my recent upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 Firefox plugin-container eats 179% CPU, even after disabling all plugins and restarting the browser. Before the upgrade I did not have this problem, though ...
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Former Windows XP systems are slow after installing 14.04

I just replaced windows XP on our work computer with Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit, and it runs really slowly, only after logging into an account and the screen sometimes flashes. It doesn't fill the whole ...
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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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Improve Ubuntu 14.04 LTS video performance

System info: $ lspci 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation NV44 [GeForce 6500] (rev a1) $ free -m total used free shared buffers cached Mem: ...
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“not authorized to perform operation” message in Xfce remote desktop

On ubuntu 14.04 i installed Xfce to maker remote desktop working. when i rdp to the machine and while performing some tasks like mounting removable usb media I get "not authorized to perform ...
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How to fix System Settings window lag

I wanted to open System Settings window and I waited ~30s. Then the window was opened. My machine has an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM. What produces a lag in opening System Settings? How can ...
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Slow performance while opening applications [closed]

I moved from Win 8.1 64bit to Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit with a fresh install from DVD. Everything is moving slow with performance. Graphics is fair, but when I say performance I mean, an average to open any ...
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Gradle compiling slows down my computer

The responsiveness is really bad on a newly installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Here's the specs of my laptop: Quadcore Intel i7-4600U CPU @ 2.10GHz 12GB Ram 1TB Samsung EVO SSD And when gradle is ...
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can i install Ubuntu14.04 in my ideapad? [duplicate]

i'm using ubuntu 12.04 64 bit version in my Lenovo S100 ideapad. my ideapad is having 2GB RAM and Atom processor.Is there any performance and speed problems will occur if i change my OS to 14.04?
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12.04 to 14.04 update slows down the system

I recently updated from 12.04 to 14.04 LTS. But the system is very slow. Everything works, but slowly. What could be the reason?. I have 4GB RAM, 10GB swap space and 300 GB of hard disk. Also the ...
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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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How does mounting (or unmounting) a partition affect the performance of the system?

Just curious to know: how does mounting (or unmounting) a partition affect the performance of the system? I have a fairly large partition where have stored backups, software and old files that I ...
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Does Ubuntu 14.04 LTS work with only 736MB of RAM? [duplicate]

I want to install it on my old desktop PC. here is it's specs: CPU: Intel Pentium 4@2.4GHz RAM: 736 MB VRAM: 256MB HDD: 120GB I can install the following OSes on it: Windows Vista Home Basic ...
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Whole system freezes, even TTY does not work [closed]

I upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 and now after a while the complete OS freezes. I can't even go into TTY1 - TTY6. I have to use REISUB to restart my machine. Most of the time, it freezes when I use ...
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Virtual machine running painfully slow

I am running Ubuntu 14.04, and I've installed windows 8 on virtualbox. The problem is that it is too slow - even minimizing a windows takes 2-3 seconds. The reason I think this is a problem is ...
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intel_powerclamp: Start/Stop forced idle injection

I do not really knows when it started, i just upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 and was about to do something about graphics performances (unity felt sluggish). That situation already lasted for 6 months I ...
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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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Mouse slow proportionally to network usage

Under ANY network loading the Logitech mouse gets slow. At download speeds of as low as 50KB/s, clicks are "grabby," a click will pick up an object and any movement will move it around. At rates above ...
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ubuntu 13.10 performance for 1 GB machine

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 to my desktop which has 1 GB main memory and AMD 64 bits CPU. It happens that the system freeze, applications not response sometimes and crashes a few times. I just learn ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Runs Slow

I am new ubuntu user. I am using ubuntu for web development. For that i have installed XAMPP for Linux,Ubuntu and Chromium Browser. But i dont know why it is too much slow. Help is needed. Thank ...
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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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full disc encryption with SSD

I'm about to reinstall Ubuntu onto my laptop. If I use full encryption, which I desire, how will this impact performance of the SSD and FSTRIM? Will I still be able to use it or will it be ...
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Browsing is painfully slow

Either it's Firefox or Chromium - browsing is painfully slow for some reason. It just takes lots of time to do anything: open a tab, load a website, etc. My internet is really fast and other programs ...
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Is Wine what I think it is? [duplicate]

My first impression is that Wine is a simulated Windows environment which uses free (and presumably open source) libraries as an alternative to Microsoft's proprietary libraries. Those libraries ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 suddenly very slow

For some reason, my Ubuntu 12.04 recently became very slow. My specifications: HP laptop, core 2 duo T6600, 2.20 Ghz x2 Ati radeon 2 GB RAM Symptoms in Unity 3d: Dash takes endless to open ...
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Speed Up Ubuntu 13.10

Since i m new one to ubuntu. When using windows 8 OS, there are lot of ways to speed up the system performance. That is why i want to know what are the possible ways for best performance of system. I ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 runs too slow

I am a new Ubuntu user. I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my PC. My PC has been running much too slowly for the last two days. I tried to find a solution, but I am unable to find it. I tried Unity 2D, ...
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Lubuntu: laptop abnormally slow

My laptop is pretty new (less than a year) and has decent specs, but since 1/2 months it gets really slow even if I do things I could easily do before (development + browsing). This makes it ...
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System performance is extremely laggy when copying and extracting files

After a clean install of Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 (64-bit) and the according Gnome 3 (stable) PPA my system (Samsung 900X3C) is extremely laggy, when files are copied to the external hard-drive (HDD) or ...
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What is causing Ubuntu on MacBook Pro to have high CPU usage?

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on a MacBook Pro 10,1. However, after installing, the kworker process consumes over 90% of CPU usage. I tried the following: (Suggested in this answer) Execute grep . -r ...
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Does running Office 2010 through Wine add a significant performance overhead?

Say you have have a computer with a data sheet similar to this CPU: 1.1 GHz Dual-core Intel Celeron Processor 847 RAM: 2GB HDD: 320GB (5400 rpm) According to the minimum requirements in Windows ...
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Ubuntu Studio for Ubuntu SDK

I have one of the strange question in my mind. I saw Ubuntu studio is good for multimedia related thing. I was wondering this thing for past few days. Is it possible to Install Ubuntu SDK in Ubuntu ...
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Acer Aspire One 725

I recently got an Acer Aspire One 725 and I want to install Ubuntu on it. I tried Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit and 64-bit, but I got a lot of errors, and it is running a little slowly. Has anyone tried to ...
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GUI Performance Monitor Tool

I need to monitor the performance of an Ubuntu 12.04 machine. I am looking for a tool similar to PerfMon on Windows. I need something more interactive that using top from a terminal ; I am looking ...
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RAID6 Ubuntu rebuild - how to calculate best parameters for fastest rebuild

I am doing a resync on a RAID6 array and I am looking at some 2 days to complete. I looked here for hints on how to speed it up, but I have, instead, managed to slow it down! HW details are: 10x 4TB ...
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Any way to get an AMD HD4250 Graphics to work in 13.10 with good performance? Mine gets slower until unusable

I have an ASUS M5A88-V EVO motherboard with an integrated AMD/ATI RS880[Radeon HD4250]. I am running Ubuntu 13.10 64bit and it seems to get slower until it is unusable. Especially the graphics ...
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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 in VirtualBox: improved performance and shared clipboard without Guest Additions? [closed]

The performance when running Ubuntu in VirtualBox is really bad for me without using Guest Additions. Guest additions also help with sharing clipboards. However, with Guest Additions, VirtualBox ...
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high CPU usage on Ubuntu 12.04

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Asus k53s notebook. Processor is Intel® Core™ i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz × 4 5.7 GiB RAM. The CPU usage gets very high after a while, specially when using internet. ...
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Why Windows 8 is a lot faster than Ubuntu 13.10 on the same laptop? [closed]

I am not a Windows fan. I don't like Windows. But, for my curiosity, I temporally installed Windows 8 on my machine (a Samsung NP300, Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory). I observed that it's a lot faster ...
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Acer C7 Chromebook running 13.10 slow Performance Graphics?

I see others are having simiar issues but I haven't found a fix. Instead of the Intel fdriver, Ubuntu showing gallium driver. Honestly, the performance is sluggish, I wasn't even sure it was Video ...
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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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Performance improvement of Ubuntu on soc board

I am trying to set up Ubuntu on soc board (Cubietruck) which has 8Gb flash, 2 Gb Ram, with external SSD - 128 GB. Currently I have installed the Ubuntu on hard drive. Its performance seems moderate ...
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Basics about Nvidia GPU and graphics performance

Well, I'm new in this OS, and I already love it. Before I had Win7 but I'm not coming back. I installed it yesterday in my laptop, a HP Pavilion dv4-1528la with a GPU Nvidia GeForce 105M. Installed ...
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Nvidia-settings PowerMizer performance-mode on 12.04.4 64-bit [duplicate]

Whenever I try to set the performance mode of my Nvidia 525M gpu from adaptive to performance, it actually works, but only until I reboot my PC. After a reboot/relog I have to do it all over again via ...
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Slow Performance on 13.04 - Expert Opinion Required [closed]

My laptop is Dell XPS M1330 Memory: 2GB Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz x 2 Graphics: Intel 965GM x86/MMX/SSE2 OS type: 32-bit Disk: 500 GB Updating myself since 12.04 and now ...
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High cpu use from init and yes [Ubuntu 12.04]

Today, I installed a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Sony VAIO VPCSB. I noticed a high cpu use of init and yes (as you can see below). top - 16:26:16 up 11 min, 2 users, load average: 2.71, 2.86, ...
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What services are safe to disable?

I'm configuring my own server, running Ubuntu 13.04. I'd like to speed up the OS a bit more by removing ‘unnecessary’ system services. Here is what I did: Install and start rcconf to check what ...
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Remove additional processes/services from Ubuntu server

I just installed PostgreSQL 9.1 and its packages: 'postgis and pgadmin' on Ubuntu Server 13.10. Now I'd like to remove any other processes/services on the server in order to improve its performance.. ...
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Speed of Ubuntu within Window

Just a quick question about performance within Windows of Ubuntu. After getting hold of a fairly old laptop, to test my websites created on a mac, and being subjected to endless pause and freezes I ...