speed up your Ubuntu 18.04
The Ubuntu 18.04 is the latest Ubuntu publication, developed by Canonical. A very dashing and dynamic, this latest distribution is treat for Linux enthusiasts and has taken the computing world by storm. But with the passage of time, the Ubuntu 18.04 may become stagnant and start lagging.
Here, we talk about a few methods that may help in regaining the full functionality of your beloved OS:
Method #1: Keep your OS updated
Linux developers tend to toss out updates every now and then, as often as 2 majore updates a year. The updates do bring about a new effect and efficiency to the overall Linux experience. The minor updates (generally, launched on a monthly basis) kind of have a minimal effect on the system but the larger updates enhances the system’s functionality.
- To check for updates, type the below mentioned code in your terminal:
sudo apt-get update
- To check for major updates, type the below mentioned code in your terminal:
sudo apt-get upgrade
When prompted, press ‘Y’ to continue.
Note: Do save your files and create a backup, if necessary, before proceeding with the updation procedure.
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Method #2: Make your Desktop Environment Light-weight
Linux 18.04 comes in default with the GNOME desktop environment which may work fine with the high-end or the latest systems and look great on it but the GNOME desktop may strike a worry or two on low-end or older computers. To resolve this issue, you may download and use the lighter version and Lubuntu may be the best option out there. It is light-weight but brings about an enriched and dynamic user experince.
- To initiate this, type the below mentioned command in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
You may now enjoy the Lubuntu experience by clicking on the log in screen.
- Or download Lubuntu from here:
Method #3: SSD instead of traditional HDDs
Solid State Drives or SSDs work in the same way as flash drives do but are way faster and efficient than the orthodox Hard Disk Drives present in the systems. Though, they are a little costlier but they help in building the system sturdier and more compact than the traditional hard disks. While getting a SSD, make sure you are the getting the right size for your PC.
Method #4: A stable and Stronger RAM
Ubuntu 18.04 requires a minimum of 2 GB of RAM to run efficiently but if you are strong and hardcore programmer or gamer or need your PC for heavier applications, you may be required to upgrade your current RAM stats. Most of the latest machines have extra RAM slots which may help you in building a tenacious and efficient system.
- To view your free RAM stats, type the following code in your terminal:
- To view RAM type and working speed, type the following code in your terminal:
sudo lshw -c memory
Also Read: 50 Basic Linux Commands You Should Know
Method #5: Keep the Start-up apps in check
A certain number of applications tend to launch at startup as soon as you login into your system. Though, Linux is designed in a way such that, the system uses the RAM prudently, some particular applications may end up consuming a lot of the RAM’s fuel. To keep a check on your Startup apps, launch ‘Startup Applications’ from the GNOME and monitor the required applications.
- To stop a running program, type the following code in your terminal:
sudo service <name> stop
Method #6: Increase the Swap space
In case, your RAM chip is overworked and is unable to meet the current processing demand, you can make use of the ‘Swap’ space. Theoritically, the Swap spcae is a virtual RAM that performs all the necessary actions of the RAM but making use of the system’s hard disk. During installation, the Ubuntu installer sets asidea a certain amount of your disk spcae for such emegencies. To increase this swap space, connect the latest Ubuntu drive to your system and open GParted from the GNOME. Delete the existing swap space and go to ‘Create a new partition’.
Note: Visit the guide on how to use GParted before proceeding.
Method #7: Install Preload
Installing Preload saves ample start-up time while logging in. The Preload add-on keeps track of the frequently used programs/applications and load them on to the RAM which increases the system efficiency as loading of programs from main memory takes less time and is faster than loading programs from secondary memory.
- To initiate this protocol, type the following code in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install preload
After the process is completed, reboot your system.
Method #8: Use of local mirrors
To ensure a stable and faster download speed while downloading the latest Software packages, use the mirrors that are closest to your location. Mirrors are selected automatically while installing the OS distribution but can be manually updated by going to Software > Software and Updates > Ubuntu Software tab > Download From.
Method #9: Cleaning out the trash
It is a known thing that the lesser files you have, the faster will be your system. If your system contains only the necessary files without storing any sort of ‘rubbish cache’ data, your system will work efficiently and will be lot faster as your RAM will have ample free space and won’t be overworked.
- To get rid of temporary ‘app-get’ caches, type the following code in your terminal:
sudo apt-get clean
- To remove unnecessary garbage, type the following code in your terminal:
sudo apt-get autoremove
Method #10: Reboot the system
Users often keep their machines running for long hours or sometime, days. This result in a lot of processes working in the background and thus, slowing down your PC. Hence, it is recommended to reboot your PC while working for longer hours.
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