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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SSD performance testing

I'm testing the performances of my new SSD card, and it seems I'm stuck with sata2 speed even if my controller is sata3. Here is the command I'm using. dd if=tempfile of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1024 ...
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Low desktop performance with netbook

After installing latest ubuntu on my netbook (ASUS 1225c) I experienced major drop in responsiveness and frames per second on desktop. It seems that there is something wrong with video drivers. The ...
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Disable unnecessary startup services and applications

What is the best practices to disable unnecessary startup services and applications? This post is very useful when i came to decide what to disable Which startup applications can I safely disable? , ...
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Xubuntu laggy/slow in brand new MBP host

I am using Xubuntu as a VM in both a Windows/PC host and recently a OS/X Mac host. The latter is laggy, especially when I use two monitors. It's weird cause the Windows machine is less capable (less ...
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I only have 1GB of ram, what can I do to improve the performance on my 32-bit 14.04 system? [duplicate]

I'm running a fresh install of Ubuntu on an old iMac. It was going painfully slow on OSX so I wiped that and installed Ubuntu overtop of it hoping it would speed things up a bit. I'm not going to be ...
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How do Ubuntu flavors compare regarding resource consumption and performance?

Minimum requirements statistics do not provide enough accurate info to new and prospective users trying to determine a suitable flavor for their machine. People need to know if an OS will run smoothly ...
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Total system failure on ubuntu 14.04

I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre that just had Ubuntu 14.04 installed on it. I installed restricted extras, attempted to turn on the firewall in the terminal, and made a few extra tweaks. Now there is a ...
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Getting URL of YouTube video with `youtube-dl` is slow, without downloading video

I want to get the URL using youtube-dl, and the "simulate" option -g that does not download the video. So I gave the following command: youtube-dl -g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4JGSAmu4lg ...
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Radeon R7 M260 & Proprietary Drivers: Bad Performance

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 5547 laptop and installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it. Almost everything worked great out of the box. This laptop comes with two graphic cards, an Intel HD Graphics 4400 and ...
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Problems with external harddrive (USB 2.0)

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04. LTS on a Compaq Presario CQ 60. After having a few problems, I managed it to run more or less stable (freaking Nvidia problems are more or less resolved by using ...
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Ubuntu touch threads priority; Will Touch be as laggy as Android, or smooth like IOS?

Are there separate User Interface and Rendering Threads in Ubuntu Touch? In other words, will Ubuntu Touch be laggy like android or smooth like ios?
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Ubuntu 14.04: very slow response from a 64 bit fresh install on 4 core server

I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 desktop version (64 bit) on the Dell quad-core (2.3 Ghz) AMD64 server with 8 GB of memory. The graphics card is NVIDIA CK8-04 Pro (System details says ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 on Toshiba suddenly super slow

I have a Toshiba Satellite C55 with Ubuntu 14.04 with a 320GD HDD and 6GB RAM. It dual boots with Windows 8 (which I never log into). I usually completely shut-down the laptop only every 2 days. ...
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New 14.04 Install on Workstation - Suggish Performance

Machine Details Dell Precision M4800 Laptop Intel i7-4900MQ Nvidia Quadro K2100 16GB Memory 240GB SSD Hi, I was running Windows 8 for a while but finally decided to make the switch to Ubuntu. I ...
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Do all the daemons indicated by configFiles/scripts/links in /etc/{init,init.d} start at the boot?

Are all the daemons (services) indicated by configuration-files/scripts/links in /etc/init/, /etc/init.d/ meant to start at the boot; so can I assume those directories being like start-up directory ...
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lm-sensors ubuntu 14.04 core voltages

I am trying to measure the core voltages of my cpu. I installed the lm-sensors, I ran the sensors-detect and I reply YES to all of the question. At the end of the sensors-detect I get: To load ...
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Slow performance after wubi install of unbuntu 14 with XP

I had an old XP pc that didn't seem like a good candidate for partitioning - various unmovable files and files that couldn't be defragmented. Pentium 4, 2.79 GHz , 1 GB RAM, about 30 GB free before ...
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How to make faster first search at Unity-Dash? Way slower than second one

After a reboot, the first search using 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 ...
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Google maps brings down performance, even after close

I'm using Ubuntu 12. Google maps are very slow on my laptop, but even when I close browser (Chrome or Chromium), the performance goes down significantly. It stops every 3-4 seconds for about a ...
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Ubuntu send alert mail if CPU usage continusly heigher than a certain amount

I need a way to send alert email if the CPU usage is higher than 80% for more than 5 minute. Installing new software on the server not allowed for me. Is there any way to handle it through a shell ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 running extremely slow !

I have installed ubuntu 14.04 on my 8 pc's . Those running on pentium processors are fine but not as stable as they should . Windows 7 used to run extremely smooth on them . App executes slow , and ...
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How to find if my hardware supported by Ubuntu? [duplicate]

It is better to let make sure if System can/will be worked effectively & efficiently. So, Before installing Ubuntu, I have question as follows: I want to know how can I find if my hardware like ...
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How to perform a CPU/disk intensive operation without drastically affecting other processes?

I am running a server on Ubuntu 12.04. The operation I'm trying to perform is a git clone, as part of a new backup system I'm implementing. The source and destination are both local, so there is no ...
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system.profile.find() command returns no results

I'm trying to run queries against MongoDB (in Ubuntu) and analyse the execution times. I think i've set the profiler up correctly, but when I run a query against it, i'm not getting any response ...
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Like “PerfMon” in Windows do we have something similar in Ubuntu?

If I want to capture performance log of a Ubuntu (or any other Linux Distro) Server/Workstation for a period of time, how would I do that? In Windows, I use something called PERFMON.MSC (LOGMAN.EXE), ...
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KVM guest performance impacted by very long virtblk disk wait times

I have several KVM guests running on Ubuntu 14.04 using libvirt. Their performance is very poor. The intermittent nature of the poor performance with an order of magnitude variability in simple ...
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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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Ubuntu on low performance laptop [duplicate]

My sister has always wanted a macbook, but I recently convinced her that Ubuntu is a great OS with much more similarity to Mac OS than Windows. She said I can install Ubuntu on her laptop but it is ...
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Very high IOWAIT times

I have a large system - 128GB, a couple of RAID0 filesystems (6TB and 2TB) with an SSD cache, 8 cores (16 with hyperthreading), running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. When I try to write a large file I get very ...
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Constant HIGH CPU Usage - even after reboot with no applications

I have an issue with constant HIGH CPU Usage immediately after fresh boot, no apps running. CPU0 - CONSTANTLY at some combination which adds up to 100% However ... %CPU in list = between 0 & 20% ...
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Ubuntu dead slow after last update

It's been a few days now. Everything is SLOW as hell. Going from a desktop to the next is slow. Unlocking my workstation kind of fades out the lock screen and fades in the desktop. The animation takes ...
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Curious about UnixBench results, is my HD configured properly?

I downloaded UnixBench 5.1.3 and ran it on both my old Dell 4600 and my newer Gateway SX2800. With a 2.4Ghz P4 the Dell gets clobbered on cpu tests by the Gateway with quad core Q8200 at 2.3GHz. The ...
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Testing multiple desktops simultaniously

Our college is installing new ubuntu installed systems for our lab.They want to test the performance of the systems.I googled some benchmarking tools but we have 250 systems to test,is there a easy ...
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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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When should a fresh install should be made [closed]

On my desktop at home, a 2008 Vaio w/4GB RAM and dual core processor running 12.04 LTS, I've been experiencing of late a perceived performance degradation. It's most apparent at startup but it's also ...
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responsiveness drops drastically when RAM get's full after upgrading from 13.04

Since I've upgraded from ubuntu 13.04 to 14.04 (and before 13.10) my system get's to it's knees when the memory get's full and has to start swaping.. Of course I know that a performance penalty ...
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Why is radeontop showing 0,00% in all fields?

I'm trying to get realtime statistics about my graphics card utilization, and the program radeontop is supposed to enable that. However, as you can see in the screenshot below, it reports all the ...
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SD card write speed not as advertised, on 14.04 at least

I bought a new SD card and the claimed performance is a long way from my benchmark. Is there something I can do improve the transfer speed when working with this SD card? Information on the disk: $ ...
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Why does my system use so much cache?

Previously, on my desktop computer running Ubuntu 14.04, I had 4GB RAM, which I thought should be plenty. However, after being on for a while, my computer would seem to get slow. I have a system ...
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ls on home directory very slow

A while ago, I accidentally created hundreds of thousands of files in my home directory which I subsequently deleted. Since then however, running ls in my home directory has been extremely slow ...
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Does Ubuntu Touch consume less power than Android? [closed]

One of the problems of new OSs is power consumption. That is because power and performance requires a lot of tweaks and experience with the kernel, drivers and OS code-base on one hand, and a lot of ...
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Ubuntu Server performance boost

Is there any way to boost an Ubuntu Server's performance? I feel it a bit laggy when hosting a game server on it, unlike other servers. Do you think installing a desktop environment will decrease the ...
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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 ...