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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Slow Ubuntu 32 bit

I just installed the latest Ubuntu (14.04.1 - 32 bit) on my old computer (750 MB RAM, 1.8 Ghz Duron) for learning purposes mostly. The speed with which everything is happening is really very slow - it ...
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Unity environment way too slow in Ubuntu 13.10

Unity and its apps open too slowly whenever I open one. It takes a while for them to appear completely. Everything works properly when the window is already open. The biggest problem is with the dash: ...
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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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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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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 on Flash USB rather than SSD: performance penalty when not r/w-intense use?

I plan to turn my fanless HTPC completely silent, exchanging the current HDD for a silent runner. All I expect to do with the machine is to run a media client (XBMC), streaming my media via a network ...
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Why does kworker cpu usage get so high?

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Samsung laptop alongside Windows 7. Whenever I use Ubuntu (even when its idle) kworker uses almost 90% of one of 8-cores. Even though it doesn't really affect ...
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Kernel Tuning Tools?

How to improve performance of a Kernel ? Are there any tuning tools to improve Kernel performance ? Thank you.
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How can I reduce ram usage? And also how can I speed up Ubuntu 14.10?

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 14.10 from 14.04 to find the amount of ram usage has almost doubled well my CPU usage and almost been reduced. When doing little on my computer my ram usage stays at about ...
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Performance loss after 30 minutes

This one's baffled me. I have Ubuntu 14.04, 3 days ago (2014-20-10) it started slowing down. I've reproduced it by opening gedit and then closing gedit, when the issue is active it hits roughly 2 ...
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Ubuntu 14.10: Extremely bad CPU Performance and heat

Ubuntu is running extremely slow due poor CPU performance, I have fairly good notebook (4GB ram 2.4Ghz Sandy Bridge CPU) and I know thats the cause is the p_state driver from Intel (the substitue of ...
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Ubuntu running slowly after accidentally filling hard disk

Ubuntu 14.04 Several days ago, I was running a program which creates large text files and accidentally filled the hard drive. Ubuntu seemed to be doing just fine. The process was still running, and ...
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Why is Ubuntu slower than Windows Xp? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve overall system performance? My system config is-chipset - Intel Brookdale-G i845GEVmotherboard - 01/25/2005-i845G-W627-6A69VM4YC-00video adapter - ...
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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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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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Robot running Linux is slow to boot

I'm working with a robotic platform (for use in the RoboCup competition) and we run Ubuntu Server 13.10. It's critical during matches that our robots are able to boot as quickly as possible. What's ...
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Benchmark phones using Ubuntu Touch?

I have a few used phones running identical fresh installs of the current Ubuntu Touch for Devices and want to benchmark their performance and attributes in the field such as: processor, battery ...
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AMD E1-6010 1.35GHz slow performance?

I have just installed the 64bit version of ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS version on my low-end laptop which has a AMD Dual-Core E1-6010 Accelerated Processor (1.35GHz, 1MB L2 Cache) and 4g of ram. Been switched ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 running slow on a 64 bit processor

I upgraded from win 8.1 64 bit to Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit version. My PC have 4 GB of ram and 2.23 GHz dual core processor... after installing Ubuntu its running slow.. should I switch to 32 bit or are ...
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What makes LiveCDs, LiveDVDs, and LiveUSBs slow?

Even on a rather good computer, booting from a LiveCDs or LiveDVDs is really slow, especially in the beginning before the operating system has completely loaded in. What is the major bottleneck in ...
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Upgraded to Ubuntu 14.10 and *everything* lags

Yesterday, I upgraded my Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2013) from Ubuntu 14.04 to Ubuntu 14.10. Since then, everything lags, from applications when opened (or 'drawn back in the background' for an ...
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slow hard disk Ubunto 14.04 ext4 on thinkpad dual boot

Ext4 - is it slower? Have a Thinkpad with 8GB drive , 4 processors. Intel® Core™ i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40GHz × 4 . Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with updates applied. File reading is very slow. IDE STS hangs when a ...
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multi-core usage, biased towards core 2?

I have 4 cores in my system. Core 2 is frequently showing 100% usage in htop. Meanwhile Core 1,3,4 show something around 5% most of the time. Is this normal? Is there a way to better distribute Core ...
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How do I monitor disk activity on a specific drive?

I'd like to watch disk activity on my USB external hard drive. I know that I can use iotop to monitor disk I/O for each running process, but is there a way to get a measure per filesystem?
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Ubuntu Gnome 14.10 - desktop performance degraded when certain apps are running

I have upgraded from Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 to 14.10 yesterday using standard Software Updater GUI. The upgrade went smooth, however once upgrade was done I've noticed significant desktop performance ...
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`indicator-cpufreq` doesn't seem to work on 14.10

I have a Dell XPS 12 and just installed Ubuntu 14.10 (by completely wiping out the old 14.04 installation). The indicator menu has 2 options, Performance and Powersave, from which I choose ...
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How to monitor disk activity?

How do I view my Disk Activity on Ubuntu? For example, How can I monitor what is being written and read from disk as well as the percentage of disk usage? I am looking for an application similar to ...
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Sudden sluggish performance of ubuntu system

since 3 days a very important system at my workplace started a most peculiar behavior. There is no internet connection on that PC and no updates have been made. When I started the PC 3 days ago after ...
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Very slow computer, after installing ubuntu 14.04

I have recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my computer, and now it is impossible to use it because it runs very slow. I have an old Dell computer with an Intel Pentium R4 CPU clocked @ 2.80GHz. Can ...
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How to: autocreation of system performance / health log?

I want my system to create file with a history entries filled by: exact time CPU, GPU, HDD temperatures network total up/down bytes RAM and swap % usage Less important: CPU, GPU, HDD loads ...
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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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Why GNOME3 apps close such long? [closed]

For example system monitor and calculator. It takes about 1 second after clicking close for app to vanish from my screen. Why it is so long. Or it is only my personal bug? PS using Xubuntu 14.04; some ...
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Can I simulate a slow hard drive?

I have hunch that a certain intermittent bug might only manifest itself when there is a slow disk read rate. Troubleshooting is difficult because I can't reliably reproduce it. Short of simply ...
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Cat 6 Only 100mbit speed

I tried two different cat6 cables directly connected between my two ubuntu machines. This one I ordered online: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002SQPDXS/ref=wms_ohs_product only achieves 100mbit ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 64bit Slow performance

I am using ubuntu 14.04 64bit version in my following configuration system. CPU - Intel i3 3.30 Motherboard - Intel DH61BF Ram - 4GB DDR3 Hard disk - 250GB sata When i was using Ubuntu 13.04 32bit ...
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Restricting resources of user applications

Sometimes, either because of a memory leak or the computationally-intensive nature of a program, applications can start to slow down and ultimately freeze the whole system by claiming too much RAM or ...
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How can I find out if a process is CPU, Memory or Disk-bound?

How can I find out if a process is bound to CPU, Memory or Disk?
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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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ATI Graphics Card Problem

I have some problems with my graphics card. I am using Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit and I installed my graphics card without any problem, but when I open the ATI Control Panel, it always shows it's in the ...
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improve performance - NTFS to ext4

My laptop is 7 year old HP compaq with ubuntu 12.04. It was dual booting with windows partition. I was not using windows for the last 1 year and formatted and the windows drive and removed it. ...
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Why most people recommend to reduce swappiness to 10-20?

I have seen in several site which recommend to reduce swappiness to 10-20 for better performance. http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/998 ...
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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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Very slow system after installing 13.10?

Just "upgraded" from 13.04 to 13.10 on my Acer C7 Ubuntu'd Chromebook and first thing I noticed is that everything is very slow and unresponsive. Hardly had this on 13.04. Opened system monitor to ...
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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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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 and battery life

Currently I'm using a Netbook (Dell Latitude 2100 non-touch scree) (2GB RAM, 1.6GHZ Intel Atom Processor, 60GB HDD, originally Win Vista Business, currently WIndows 7 Pro and a windows experience ...
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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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Shutter very slow and laggy?

Shutter is very slow and laggy and I'm not sure why. I've tried to change settings to "Do not save file automatically" and "Do not copy anything to clipboard" but it's still incredibly slow. I have it ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Slow Performance

I'm somewhat new to Linux and Ubuntu so please be patient with me. I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and the performance is very slow. The computer (a desktop) boots at a normal speed, but OS usage is ...
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How can I log per-process resource usage?

I am encountering a reproducible system slowdown when I perform a given action on the desktop. I have observed some odd behaviour running top and iotop in separate TTYs. How can I log resource usage ...