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I'm running Ubuntu 12.04LTS beta 2 on an old system, which is as follows:

P4 3GHz
1GB RAM (3GB Swap)
Geforce 6200 128mb

Currently, I've enabled Unity 2D and installed preload and that's made things a bit snappier. Just wondering if there is anything else I can do to squeeze a little more out of it. Windows XP is fairly responsive on this machine (for a time) but I didn't feel it was worth putting up with XP and it's downfalls, plus, SP3 has pretty much bloated it.
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Uninstall everything you don't need and swap over to a lighter DE such as E17 or a Floating WM such as OpenBox/FluxBox.

Or you can go with a base Debian install and start from scratch. Or CrunchBang which is a debian based distro with OpenBox preinstalled.
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Ah, the end user (my girlfriend) isn't very Windows 7 friendly, so I need the OS to be as user friendly as possible. Otherwise I'd've tried Mint or Arch =D
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SSD?

Download more ram?

 

jk

 

Personally I would go and use something like XFCE (Xface as it is commonly referred to). You could also try to use Ubuntu 11.10 as well but I don't know if that card will run unity or not.... At the very least see if you can add another gig of ram into the machine. That will help things out a lot.

 

 

 
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post #5 of 49
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

SSD?
Download more ram?

jk

Personally I would go and use something like XFCE (Xface as it is commonly referred to). You could also try to use Ubuntu 11.10 as well but I don't know if that card will run unity or not.... At the very least see if you can add another gig of ram into the machine. That will help things out a lot.


It's DDR RAM and I've found it very hard to get hold of anything over 512MB frown.gif The motherboard will take 2GB max. So it currently has 2x512MB in there. Although it usually idles around 300mb and when using FF and Banshee it's around 500mb so that's OK. I switched to Unity 2D to lessen the strain on the GPU.

I also looked into XFCE (big fan of that shell myself smile.gif) but I found that Unity/Compiz still runs in the background anyway. A friend who contributes to Gentoo a lot suggested 12.04!

Ah well, thanks for the help!
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Ah, the end user (my girlfriend) isn't very Windows 7 friendly, so I need the OS to be as user friendly as possible. Otherwise I'd've tried Mint or Arch =D

Mint is just as user friendly as Ubuntu but a little lighter. Arch is a barebone distro along with bleeding edge. Big difference in those two. You'd be fine with mint and using a lighter Desktop Environment or Stand Alone Window Manager
Edited by Shrak - 4/1/12 at 6:03pm
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Mint is more user friendly then ubuntu, and as shrak said lighter too. Biggest thing:more ram. Its the biggest bottleneck of older systems.
post #8 of 49
Turn off useless services.

Things like bluetooth are probably unneeded.
post #9 of 49
Give Lubuntu a try. http://lubuntu.net/

And here is a link to the Lubuntu 12.04 beta2 as well. http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/precise/beta-2/lubuntu-12.04-beta2-desktop-i386.iso
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post #10 of 49
personnaly ive run mint and lubuntu on a p4 computer with 512mb of ram without much problem. nit the fastest things in the world, but useable
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