Some weeks ago I installed Ubuntu Saucy Salamander on my Acer Aspire 5630 with 1 GB of RAM.
As it happens for other operating systems, the new release of Ubuntu is a resources hungry release. On my old laptop, the performances and the user experience are very poor. So I have modified some settings to get a better linux box.
To have a better experience and speed up ubuntu do the following few things:
2. decrease swap use
Linux balances between swapping out runtime memory and dropping pages from the system page cache, using the swappiness property. Swappiness can be set to values between 0 and 100 inclusive. Setting a low value for swappiness is important, especially for systems with les than 1GB of RAM.
I set the swappiness value to 10 on my laptop. Open a terminal window and then run the following command:
At the end of the file, add this line:
save the file and exit from gedit
3. Speed up file browsing
File browsing is a very repetitive job for an operating system, so if we speed up this job we can have better performances. Linux kernel handles a lot of caches, to speed up file browsing we have to tell to linux to prefer inode/dentry cache to other caches.
As shown in point #2, add the following line to the /etc/sysctl.conf file:
4. Disable file indexing
file indexing can slow down your ubuntu box. To disable the file indexing, open a terminal and issue the following command:
Now it's time to reboot your system, mine is working faster…