SpeedUp Ubuntu Unity on Netbooks

unity2dqtIf you happen to use Ubuntu Unity Interface on your low powered device, which is essentially a Netbook or old PC, here‘s a Tip which can help you speedup things.

Ubuntu Unity is a cool feature of Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook edition (or Ubuntu 11.04), but it doesn’t do justice with netbooks that are really low on CPU, graphics. Unity 2D is lighter version of the interface that should fix most of the jitters. Unity 2D is still in early phases, but does the job quiet nicely coz the fact it has actually reduced a bit of 3d eye candy, but adds significant boost in return.

Install Unity 2D (Qt) on Ubuntu 10.10, Ubuntu 11.04

Simply run the following commands in Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/unity-2d-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-qt-default-settings

The above commands would point to the right PPA and install Unity 2D. You will have to Logout and select “Unity Qt” instead of the “Ubuntu Desktop” or “Netbook edition” while logging back in.

On a typical 1.5Ghz Atom netbook, a lot of difference was observed. What’s your experience?

Related: Tweak Windows 7 for Netbook

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  • Wow this is a great tip, I can’t wait to try it. I have several older PC’s I just want to basically turn into internet appliances, this is perfect for that…Thanks.

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  • Peter Ebenezer

    I am a Linux Noob and have just installed Ubuntu 10.10 netbook on my MSI Wind U100 but was let down a bit at how long it sits to think every so often (considering I always thought of Linux as streamlined!).
    Luckily I found this guide! It has saved quite a lot of time, especially when opening and closing applications.

    I have found another guide somewhere on changing the swap size (I have upgraded to 2gb Ram) but whenever I try to edit the config file it only opens as read only… Another guide did mention I have to ‘be root’ to alter the file but I have no idea how to do that… which is a shame considering the disposable ram I have!

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  • Kaelan Parsons

     E: Unable to locate package unity-qt-default-settings

    And yes, I did add the repo correctly

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