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Linux Mint 17.1 speed up and tune up

Disable unnecessary system services

Removing unnecessary system service can help you to gain faster booting time.

. Open Mint menu, type “startup” and press Enter.

. Click “Application Autostart” and disable services you don’t need.

 Decrease the swap use

This is especially noticeable on computers with relatively low RAM memory (1 GB or less): they tend to be far too slow in Linux Mint, and Linux Mint accesses the hard disk too much. Luckily, this can be helped.

On the hard disk there’s a separate partition for virtual memory, called the swap. When Mint uses the swap too much, the computer slows down a lot. Mint’s inclination to use the swap, is determined by a setting. The lower the setting number, the longer it takes before Mint starts using the swap. On a scale of 0-100, the default setting is 60. Which is much too high for normal desktop use, and only fit for servers.

– Check your current swappiness setting:

Menu – Accessories – Terminal

Type (use copy/paste to avoid errors):
cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness

Press Enter.

The result will probably be 60.

– Make sure that you have installed the applications gksu and leafpad:

Menu – Accessories – Terminal

Type (use copy/paste to transport this magical incantation to the terminal):
sudo apt-get install gksu leafpad

Press Enter. When prompted, type your password. Your password will remain entirely invisible, not even dots will show, this is normal. Press Enter again.

– To change the swappiness into a more sensible setting, type in the terminal (use copy/paste):
gksudo leafpad /etc/sysctl.conf

Press Enter.

Scroll to the bottom of the text file and add your swappiness parameter to override the default. Copy/paste the following bold lines:

# Decrease swap usage to a more reasonable level

– Save and close the text file. Then reboot your computer.

Note: your machine might benefit from an even bigger decrease in swappiness. A useful rule of thumb might be this:
1 GB RAM or more: set swappiness to 10
Less than 1 GB RAM: set swappiness to 5


Preload learns how applications behave and loads them into memory so the applications will launch quickly on next time.You can install the software with following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install preload

Press Enter.

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