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 are the consequences of disabling nmi_watchdog?

My aim was to improve battery life for my laptop. I have already applied advised modifications like enabling ALPM, and adding pcie_aspm=force drm.vblankoffdelay=1 i915.semaphores=1 at grub startup of ...
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Improving gaming performance in wine

When running League of Legends through wine I get about 50fps while I would like to run the game at a stable 60fps with vsync. Is there any way I can achieve higher framerates, or is my hardware just ...
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Gaming performance difference between Windows and Ubuntu

What are the pros/cons switching from Windows 7/8 to Ubuntu? I mainly develop software and play games. I obviously don't play games on my laptop that's why I give Ubuntu a try. But the whole OS ...
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Ubuntu very slow startup

My new laptop is taking very long (a few minutes) until it reaches the log-in screen. Here is the output of dmesg: http://pastebin.com/MuW79kVd I think the important part is the following gap in ...
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How can I improve Ubuntu overall system performance?

What are your tips for improving overall system performance on ubuntu? Inspired by this question I realized that some default settings may be rather conservative on Ubuntu and that it's possible to ...
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ubuntu 14.10 too slow to open VLC player

my ubuntu 14.10 is too slow .It takes about a min to open a video in VLC media player. Even other software are too slow to open. My Laptop is new & has high end specifications.
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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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Ubuntu 12.04 lags very bad at my laptop

So I recently decided to change from Windows XP to Ubuntu 12.04 on my crappy 1gb RAM & 1.6GHz laptop. The problem is that it lags A LOT. Like first 5 minutes I can use it fine but then it just ...
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Home Computer Build Designed For Optimized Performance With Ubuntu

Perhaps this is not a question for this forum, but I hope I can get some good info here. I currently dual-boot Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro. The OS performance is unreliable on my laptop, so I am hesitant ...
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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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Can I really experience performance in a LiveCD context?

I don't know exactly how LiveCD works, but I know that everything is happening on the RAM memory, so a great part of the RAM would be used by the OS itself. Can I really experience performance in a ...
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Slow/laggy system on a mid-end PC

I just moved from Windows 8.1 3 days ago (which was running very good in terms of performance and multi-tasking). I'm using Ubuntu 15.04 with KDE Plasma 5.3 installed and the system isn't fast as it ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 intalled on older computer is running slow [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu 15.04 on an older computer because it could not handle many of the features included with Windows Vista. I thought I would try Ubuntu to improve performance. However it isn't ...
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How can I improve my system performance?? As it is working very slow [duplicate]

I have Dell Inspiron N4050 i5 2gb. Am running dual boot (Ubuntu 14.04 along with Win7). As I am a new user (more specifically learner). In Ubuntu am facing several issue regarding the performance. ...
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Bad 3d performance of intel ironlake

I'm using ubuntu 13.04 and got VERY bad 3d performance with intel ironlake comparing with a windows installation. Is there any way I can improve this? I already tried various paramaters of the i915 ...
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Slow raid5 resync with WD Green drives [closed]

The Question Why is my initial resync so slow? Initially cat /proc/mdstat reported ~ 30000K/sec. I then increased /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size from 256 to 16384. That increased the speed to ...
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Loading of applications in ubuntu freeze my system for a while

I have a very powerful ubuntu system with core i3 4370 processor and it works very fast, but it seems it's bottleneck is in harddrive. This log review loading of my hard drive when I try to open ...
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What in /home would benefit from being on an SSD?

In Is a 40GB SSD practical to use for ' / ' Jorge describes how he symlinks directories in his /home that would benefit from being on an SSD. The directories he names are ~/.cache ~/.config ...
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Ubuntu Host in VirtualBox has long delays before startup

I run Ubuntu in virtualbox on a windows 8.1 host. After some updates of the guest, it started to have lags/delays before it starts. It also shows some warnings. After it starts, everything is fast. ...
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How to set cpufreq governor to performance?

I am on Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit. I have heard that setting the cpufreq governor to performance will, well, increase performance. Unfortunately, I am a bit of a newbie at this sort of thing, and I am not ...
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Vivid / Poor performance on Football Manager 2014

When I launch a new game, I only have one star for performance, even for 1 league only, despite a good configuration for this (i don't want 3D view of matches): Xubuntu Vivid x64 / Intel Celeron ...
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My Ubuntu on AWS is very slow

I have Ubuntu 14.04.1 install on AWS and it was getting slower and slower Not knowing what to do I updated and upgraded my system It did not help Testing disk usage (df -h) I get Filesystem ...
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Percona deb download via cloud init very slow

I'm trying to set up a Trusty instance via a cloud init file and the install process is stalling for a few minutes. When I tail the install output with tail -f /var/log/cloud-init-output.log, I see it ...
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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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Why ubuntu runs so slow on my laptop? [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu 15.04 but it is running very slow, a lot slower than windows 8.1. When I open a browser or file manager it takes 5-10 seconds before it opens, the system settings take 6 seconds to ...
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Speed up first launch time of some applications (in this case: filemanager, xfce panel addon)

I installed xubuntu-desktop on my Ubuntu 14.10 and now use its file manager Thunar and its panel addon application menu (link to its docs.xfce.org site). Both programs take extremely long to launch ...
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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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Why interface lags a lot when writing to disk and try play games

Ubuntu 14.10 with open drivers (not tested with catalyst) lag when I write data to external USB disk. And if I run Team Fortress 2 the interface lag hard - some mouse movements ignored, keyboard ...
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Slow performance Xubuntu 14.04 - Radeon HD6950

Im having slow video performance on my i5 with 16gb of Ram with a Radeon HD6950. Just installed the xubuntu, updated the system and when i open for example the Firefox or chrome, the video appears to ...
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How do I improve the performance of my VirtualBox guest?

I run a guest ubuntu 12.04 on a host ubuntu 12.04, with VirtualBox, and the guest is much, much slower than the host (ALT+TAB takes 4-5 secs). I had a look around and I found contradicting opinions on ...
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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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Ubuntu touch HTML5 performance

I made a simple cordova bootstrap HTML5 app and deployed it on a bq phone. When I open the top right page navigation menu it appears that the slide animation is very slow. The animation is rendered in ...
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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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Ubuntu Sometimes with slow graphics and locking

long time since I installed Ubuntu x64 on my machine (Del Inspiron 3421 with Intel graphics) always realized that the graphics were not working as well as they should, I used Ubuntu 4.12 LTS x64 and ...
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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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How much use of swap space means that I should add more memory?

My system is slow and I am trying to figure out if I need more memory or a better system. I am using Ubuntu with 32 GB RAM. $ free total used free shared buffers ...
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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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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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Allocate disk space to partitions in a fresh install

I'm planing to do a fresh xubuntu install and am wondering about how I would best partition my hard drives, which are as follows: SSD - 128 GB HDD - 2 TB Right now, running ubuntu, I have the ...
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Performance of KVM on 32 Bit Ubuntu compared to 64 Bit?

Due to hardware failure, I recently grabbed a harddisk out of an old 32 bit machine and plugged it into a new 64 bit system - powered on, everything good, services outage minimised. Now I am planning ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...