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Old 05-02-2016, 12:52 PM   #1
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Speed up and optimize Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am new to Ubuntu 14.04 and I am not really computer literate. Can anyone tell me if there is any program or software to speed up and optimize Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? My computer seems to be running slower than when I first installed Ubuntu and the internet seems to be getting slower. Any help would be appreciated. I installed Benchmark and ran the program. Now I am trying to figure out how to change DNS servers.

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Old 05-02-2016, 01:13 PM   #2
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What are your hardware details (make/model of laptop/desktop, RAM, CPU etc)?

Go to Ookla and check your broadband speed:

Does the speed shown tally with what you are expected to receive?

Has your neighbour hacked your wifi?
Old 05-02-2016, 02:23 PM   #3
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Don't know if this will help, but it's always a good idea to keep things up to date and then to clean out the clutter. So, here's a few commands (all combined into one) to run in the terminal-emulator:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get autoclean && sudo apt-get autoremove
Then, a reboot might be in order. If there's still no improvement, consider installing a lighter desktop environment. IE, if you're using the default Unity desktop, consider also installing something a bit lighter like xfce, and then try booting into that and seeing if it makes a difference.

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