I'm having problems trying to squeeze a bit more life from my aging desktop to teach my grandson a bit of coding. The machine was drastically slowing down to the point of unusable for 30 seconds at a time with browser(5 tabs doing nothing)/bluefish/a few terminals(ssh,ftp etc which should not be using much resource.)
I've been through the services. I don't think I can cut them any more.
I've set up swap on an SSD and monitoring the activity I see it is being used. There is some improvement in performance.
The problem is that my main hard drive is also spinning almost constantly pretty well in sync with the accesses to the swap disk. Any ideas or should I give up and just invest in more memory or a new machine?
Google Chrome 64.0.3282.167 Ubuntu
me@mymachine:~$ free -h total used free shared buff/cache available Mem: 3.9G 3.4G 103M 86M 384M 229M Swap: 59G 3.2G 56G me@mymachine:~$ swapon --summary Filename Type Size Used Priority /dev/sdf1 partition 62521340 3318016 -2