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I run Ubuntu on an old Dell Dimension 2400 (with only 2d accel.) and it runs really slow when opening up certain programs, like the Ubuntu Software Center. So I was just wondering if there is any software that can speed it up. Any response at all is appreciated.

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You can use some less powerful DE's such as

Xubuntu/XFCE

Xubuntu is lightweight and contains a basic set of applications, Looks similar to gnome-panel .To install it

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

Lubuntu/LXDE

Lubuntu is very lightweight and is very basic. Resembles gnome-panel . To install it

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

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I would use the Xubuntu distro as it has been designed to have a small footprint as far as performance goes.

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