I am using Ubuntu 12.10 on a virtual machine in Win7. It is really slow and I wanted to ask what can I do to improve it. I have set 2GB RAM(from 4GB on physical machine) and 16GB hard disk for the machine. I need to run only Player/Stage simulator from the Ubuntu and some text editor for the source code writing.

  • Can I lighten the GUI as in windows. There are a lot of animations that I don't really need
  • Can you suggest some disabling of applications or services

I would appreciate every advice.

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    vmware/vmplayer or virtualbox needs additional tools (the virtual computer's drivers), have you installed them?
    – Web-E
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 9:33
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    Yes, I installed vmware tools, but I can not see some improvement.
    – Anton
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 9:34
  • I never faces any issue with such config. :( however, you can go for lubuntu or xubuntu which are designed to be used in low powered system. Or you can install cinemon/xfce/lxde & get rid of unity-desktop
    – Web-E
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 9:39

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There are several ways to achieve this and a combination of these might even be better.

  • Instead of the vanilla kernel, you might want to install a virtualization guest kernel, e.g. linux-image-virtual
  • Instead of a 3d-accelerated desktop, you might want to try a classic one, like windowmaker or openbox.
  • You might start with a text mode install and only add the minimum required packages.
  • Your mileage may drop severely if you run a 64-bit guest in a 32-bit host, however running a 32-bit guest in a 64-bit host might work better than 64/64.
  • You might want to try a different virtualization software VirtualBox, VirtualPC, ...
  • You might check your BIOS if virtualization support is enabled at all.
  • Have a look at coLinux or andlinux, these do not virtualize at all and run linux as a user mode application.
  • You might want to install the Windows version of Player/Stage after all.
  • Thank you I will try some of those things. Just to add a note that as far as I know Player/Stage can run on Windows only in theory :)
    – Anton
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 11:33

I see this has been answered already. I had an issue where 12.04 would run unacceptably slow in vbox and the issue was that IO-APIC was not activated. I wanted to post this here since it hasn't been mentioned but that thread is closed/protected.

Since it hasn't been mentioned here either, well, there you go: make sure you activate IO-APIC

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