Originally Posted by leopard
The best Ubuntu optimization in the history of history that I have found so far is lowering your swappiness to 10.
Thanks for the tip. This author agrees with you:
I will try changing Ubuntu's swappiness to 10 next time I run Ubuntu on my laptop.
Ubuntu is still a fine distro imo. The fact that Ubuntu has become increasingly resource intensive as it strives to be more feature rich and beginner friendly has had me questioning my continued use of Ubuntu though.
The first Ubuntu I installed was 5.04. It was amazingly faster that Windows XP on my system. Current versions of Ubuntu do not seem that fast though.
I can play music using the Exaile media player in Ubuntu and Exaile will use 15-20% of my CPU according to 'top'. This is even with pulse audio uninstalled and disabled.
Playing the same music using Exaile in Slackware or Zenwalk only uses ~2-6% of my CPU by comparison, at the most. Even though my computer has enough muscle to run Ubuntu smoothly, I really can't justify using such a bloated distro when there are so many lean and mean alternatives.