Ubuntu: How can I get the fast desktop back? [duplicate]


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I had Ubuntu 10.10 running on my PC for a long time, and I was quite happy with the desktop performance (i.e. almost no lag while moving windows or shortcuts like alt+tab andctrl+alt+t all was so fast even when there is an installation or file copy/paste.

But now I have installed Ubuntu 14.04, and the new desktop environment is very user-friendly and nice looking, but the speed has gone.

I think after a certain version (11?), when the left sidebar (launcher?) arrived, this lag existed on my computer. So I think I want to reduce visual quality in exchange for speed.

So -how- can I get the simple desktop as in 10.10 back?

Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop

P.S. A few years ago, I tried something with Ubuntu 11. Changing the desktop environment to GNOME I think. But it was causing a lot of problems (like in Compiz), so I would prefer a safe solution, if possible :)

Thanks for any help!


You could try the Lubuntu distribution. It's not as pretty as Ubuntu but light on resources and very responsive.

You can even switch to it without a total system re-installation while retaining the Unity desktop in case you want to go back.


I also found that the driver for my Nvidia graphics card was missing, and installing it via sudo apt-get install nvidia-current made it much more faster!

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