One of the greatest advantage of using Ubuntu as your OS is the speed that it offers. Windows supported PCs suffer from the threat of malwares and viruses, whereas Linux supported PCs are free from such threats. Even in the midst of these advantages, these PCs at times, suffer from the problems of low processing speed and low performance level.But you don’t have to worry about it at all. Since with this article I would like to introduce certain tips with the help of which any user can enhance the performance as well as processing speed of Linux OS in your PC.
Control Startup Applications
It is helps to keep only those applications which are essential when the system loads up. By restricting its number we can simply enhance the speed of our system. By restricting the applications on starting, we can free up the RAM and also this will reduce the time taken by PC to load from sleep. You can use any of the below given methods to disable certain applications from loading up while booting.First of all you have to click and select Dash and there you have to enter the search word startup. This will open up the Startup Applications Utility, where the users are allowed to enable or disable or remove or add certain applications that can be pinned to while booting. So you have to remove the unwanted applications from this list, which will ultimately enhance the speed of your Linux PC. There are certain occasions, where you won’t be able to find certain applications on the list. In those cases you may have to access each application setting individually and then you have to find the most appropriate method to delist that particular application.
Facilitate Proprietary Graphics Drivers
You may sometimes have noticed the problem of running slow especially when the PC is running graphics oriented games and other applications. The solution for this issue can be sorted out by installing proprietary drivers in addition Nvidia graphics card. This can be done by opening Dash and finding the particular driver. Now you can open Additional Drivers Utility. This will initiate examining of hardwares that are currently attached to your device. After ending this process, you are now allowed to provide suitable proprietary drivers to get installed in the system.
- AMD Users: Select the option namely fglrx-updates, which can be accessed from the bottom line description. This application can be updated easily to the newer version that is going to launch soon.
- Nvidia Users: Here you may have to opt for those applications which have latest version number. This will help you picking up the latest driver with the latest features embedded with the application.
Those who are using chipsets manufactured by Intel don’t have to worry about the above said compatibility. The major reason behind this is that Intel offers the best line of applications, from which you can select one.
Switch Over to Lighter Desktop Environment
Ubuntu’s default desktop setting named Unity, is much a heavier version of desktop setting. You can switch over to lighter version and thus result in enhancing the speed of PC. Lighter alternatives include options like Xfce, Openbox, i3 and LXDE. There are many other lighter options available. The advantages with the lighter options are that they consume less RAM when compared to high-end desktop designs.
Swappiness is a value that exists between 0 and 100. This finalizes certain decisions whether to move something from RAM to SWAP division on your hard disk or not. Here 0 represents highly unlikely and 100 represents highly likely. SWAP Partition can be utilized when you find your RAM is totally occupied. The PC automatically transfers the contents in your RAM to the SWAP partition, especially when Hibernate option is selected. But SWAP partition is recommended for traditional hard drives only. This is because in modern SSDs, SWAP partition could considerably affect their lifespan.SWAP partition is not used commonly and uninterrupted reading and writing to and from SWAP partition will consume more time than the usual to get finished. Inorder to enhance this you have to Open the Terminal and Run the following command – sudo bash -c “echo ‘vm.swappiness = 10’ >> /etc/sysctl.conf. This ultimately include vm.swappiness = 10, to the file. This is completely risk-free as it is the only line in that particular file which is not projected out. In normal cases they are not explained in the file and they are set to automatic values. Now you can shut-down your system and restart it to see whether the alterations have brought considerable change in the processing speed of the system.
Get Rid of the Trash
The final option to enhance the performance and speed of your PC is to delete the unwanted files and folders. This may help you find free space in your hard disk as well as help you to get rid of junk files in your system. For this you can conveniently rely on Ubuntu Tweak, which is a tool self-made by Ubuntu to clean up junk files. This can be conveniently used as it does not accidently delete any wanted files. Another tool named BleachBit, can also be used and seem to be a bit more stiff tool in deleting junk files. But you have to give the options while using BleachBit, or else it may delete something you want.
To Warp Up…
With the help of above five methods you can enhance the speed and performance of your Linux supported OS. The true performance of your PC can be known when you apply these. You may be surprised by the new environment and true potential of your system after trying the above techniques.