Hope all you have heard about Ubuntu Linux and some of you may have used this popular Linux based OS. Similar to other Linux distributions, it is also a simple but great Operating System published by Canonical. Latest version of this OS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS also known as Ubuntu Precise Pangolin is now available for free download. And personally I recommend Ubuntu Linux for Laptops just because of it’s Lower Battery Consumption, Simplicity, Better Internet Browsing Speed, Lack of Security Threats. And the OS will only use a small amount of your PC’s RAM even it is much powerful. In our state, the optimized version of EdUbuntu (Special Version of Ubuntu for Education) is being used in Schools.
So you can install and use Ubuntu with 100 % performance even if your PC’s configuration is not enough to work on Windows. And all of your Windows apps will work on Ubuntu by installing software, ‘Wine’. Even its much powerful still, Linux is not able to be popular like Windows. I think it’s because of that most of PC users don’t know about Ubuntu’s exclusive features. However, here we are sharing some tips that will let your Ubuntu powered PC to run faster. We know that your Ubuntu PCs are already powerful, anyhow this tips will surely help your PC.
Preload is a background application that can be installed in your Ubuntu PC. This application monitors each work you do on your PC and finds the most used software. And it loads the files of the specific programme to memory. Which means the programme will load and work even faster. For example, if Chromium and Libre Office are the main apps you mostly use, Preload will load files of these programmes into the memory when your PC is started. Hence these mentioned programmes will run faster than usual. Since Preload is not installed in Ubuntu by default, you have to run the following command.
Sudo apt-get install preload
And from the next second you gave the command, Preload will start working as a monitoring service and you can manage it’s setting by pointing your PC to /etc/preload.conf file. You can do it also in default settings.
Control Startup Applications
As you may know, some application can automatically start when you are starting your PC. Especially applications like Dropbox will start working just after you switch on your PC but as available in Windows, you can turn off these startup applications. You can select this option by just typing Startup in your dash search box (Available in newer versions of Ubuntu) and you can straightly head to Startup Application settings. But, Ubuntu hides system’s most auto starting applications by default. But geeks like you can control those hidden applications by running the following command in terminal.
The command lets all the applications to be present in the Startup Applications Preferences list. So you can control each application to start on system startup or not. And by disabling the unused application, you can surely boost up your Ubuntu PC.
Use Lighter Desktop Environment
As you doing in other OS’s, use a lighter desktop environment if you need your desktop to be loading with more speed. You can use options like LXDE, XFCE, or something like Xmonad. It will definitely speed up your Desktop/Laptop/Netbooks.
Use Lighter Applications
It is better to use lighter applications among with lighter desktop environment. For example, if you want to type some text with not much decoration, you can use Abiword instead of Libreoffice. And you can try Sylpheed instead of GNOME Evolution and Thunderbird for checking your mails. Lots of lightweight applications are available for each Ubuntu application. So these lightweight environment + lightweight apps are enough to boost your Ubuntu PC.
Reduce Boot Timeout
I think it is most useful tip in this list because it is about GRUB editing. If your PC has multiple Operating Systems installed on it along with Ubuntu, Ubuntu will show a GRUB Boot menu which lists the OS’s installed on PC. If you want to select Ubuntu / Other OS as the default boot OS, you can reduce the time taken to load (Usually it is 10 Seconds), by launching and editing the following file through a text editor, you can increase/decrease the timeout.
Change the value of GRUB_TIMEOUT in the file. You can set it upto 1 Second.
After making the change on it, run the following command in order to update GRUB
Activation of these changes will surely help your Ubuntu PC to run faster and faster. And if you have more ways to speed up Ubuntu Linux, shout about it! Comment boxes are still waiting for you.