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I have an old SLOW pc that i load ubuntu on, and it's sole purpose in life is to pay bills on line - and thus hopefully avoid most of the spyware and things like that. i'm a big fan of linux so it pains me to say this - all the tricks i know to speed up an old machine is on the windows side of things. so my question is - are there "tweaks" in ubuntu to help speed up an old machine - for example - in windows, i turn off all the extra visual elements. would there be things like that in the linux world?
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by:Joseph Gan
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In linux you can also disable some srvices, e.g. to disable GUI and other services, see the link:
http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/prevent-xorg-from-starting-in-linux/
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by:expert_tanmay
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Go to System->Preferences->Appearance->Visual Effects. Disable all visual effects and then check the list of services remove all unwanted services like bluetooth, PCMCIA, ISDN etc...
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by:expert_tanmay
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The following link tells you all about the services. switch them off which are not needed..
A Quick Way to Improve Ubuntu Linux Operating Speed Performance.
http://ubuntulinuxhelp.com/a-quick-way-to-improve-ubuntu-linux-operating-speed-performance/

Cheers..
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by:mchkorg
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Maybe you might use another distribution as Ubuntu is quite beautiful but a bit heavy.
If it's just to pay bills online, I guess you don't care about the all GUI.
Why don't you try an XFCE-based distribution, or a Debian with nothing but an X environment + firefox/iceweasel ?

You can get an XFCE-based Ubuntu as well, if Ubuntu is a prerequisite for you

Regards
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by:JeffBeall
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ubuntu isn't a prerequisite, i just started using it because it seems to work on everything i put it on, and i like root being disabled as a default. what is an XFCE-based distro? i'm not familar with that.
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by:mchkorg
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XFCE is another "graphical environment", like Gnome, KDE, said to be less resource-consumer
Ubuntu uses Gnome as a default

Check here: http://www.xubuntu.org/
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by:JeffBeall
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cool, can i just apt get XFCE - or would I have to download a different ubuntu distro?
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You can do it, to test
And choose your environment on the login screen
As least, it'll show you how this fast this environment is on your computer - I hope so
There must be a difference with installing a real xubuntu, but I don't exactly know. I suppose the repositories are different, the installation process and so on.

In your case, test it, you'll see how it runs
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to get Xfce type the command below
sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install xubuntu-desktop

1. Log out form your current session.
2. On the login screen under Session, select Xfce.
3. Log back in again.

Cheers..
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by:JeffBeall
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thanks for the help
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