How do I get Lubuntu 16.04 to run faster?

(For a friend I installed Lubuntu 16.04 -- supported till April 2021) -- in a on an old iBook G4, which runs on PowerPC.)

  • These are two questions. Remove one, otherwise the question will be closed.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 15:18
  • What do you mean by "running slow"? Most likely the comp is low of RAM. You can't do much with that.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 15:22
  • Specs I found online say the installed RAM is 256 MB (with capacity for up to 1.25 GB). It was running until some of the Internet software became out of date an irreplaceable. I assume my friend added RAM; it functioned fine (but funky) under the original OS.
    – user223059
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 15:26
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    Have a look at fridge.ubuntu.com/2019/03/01/ubuntu-16-04-6-lts-released "Maintenance updates are provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Base, and Ubuntu Kylin. All the remaining flavours are supported for 3 years." Lubuntu 16.04 LTS is EOL & unsupported so be aware only parts of your system actually are supported; your GUI/desktop is EOL.
    – guiverc
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 15:44
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    lubuntu.me/test-xenial-6 "Lubuntu 16.04 will be supported until April 2019." It's still on-topic on this site, just please be aware you're talking about an OS that officially is EOL & thus consider security implications of using the EOL software. You won't be able to use Lubuntu support options either.
    – guiverc
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 15:51

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Lubuntu 16.04 LTS has, indeed, passed its End of Public Support, as per its own blog: Lubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Released! says "Lubuntu 16.04 LTS will be supported until April 2019, with three years of support."

Therefore, suggest you follow this procedure to upgrade the supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the new LXQt desktop.

And, the classic answer to how to get an OS to run faster is to remove packages, add more RAM, and/or replace the 4200 RPM PATA (aka IDE) drive with a faster PATA drive SSDs do exist.

  • My apologies, got interrupted and when I came back, had a Senior Moment. Fixed.
    – K7AAY
    Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 16:34

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