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Optimization Linux Mint ??

Postby crismblog on Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:48 am

What programs should be deleted and the work must be stopped to consume fewer resources? The desktop is the MATE.
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Re: Optimization Linux Mint ??

Postby xenopeek on Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:28 pm

What is your primary focus, memory or CPU/power usage? You can disable some services if you don't need them, but it will mostly only save you some memory as services you already didn't use consume a negligible amount of CPU/power.

Here's a list to get started, probably there are some more services you could remove. This is from my quick-wins list :) Noting that I think it is a good idea these services are enabled by default, giving average users the best out-of-the-box experience (connectivity wise).

Some obvious services to disable to win some memory, if you aren't using them.
  • Open Startup Applications in the menu, disable services you aren't using. For example from this list:
    • Bluetooth Manager - only needed if you have bluetooth devices
    • Desktop Sharing - only needed if you share your desktop with others
    • mintUpload - only needed if you use it to upload files to servers
    • Print Queue Applet - only needed if you have a real printer, not for print-to-file
    • User folders update - only needed if you switch languages, and want your personal folders to be renamed each time you switch to a another language
    • Visual Assistance - only needed if you have a vision disability
    • Xhost + - only needed for making your X server (screen + keyboard + mouse) usable by other X clients, such as a program running on somebody else's computer showing output on your screen and reading input from your keyboard and mouse
    • Zeitgeist Datahub - GNOME's built-in spyware, or at least I don't know what other function it serves but to track what you do on your own computer
  • Samba + Avahi - Samba needed for file and printer sharing with other computers on the local network, Avahi for auto-discovery of services on the local network. You can disable either or both, if you aren't using those features: viewtopic.php?f=90&t=82044&p=476278#p476278
  • Modemmanager - only needed if you have a (USB) modem: viewtopic.php?t=101010&f=42
  • Dnsmasq - only needed if you use VPN: disable by editing the file /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf:
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    sudo nano /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf

    and put a "#" in front of the line "dns=dnsmasq", so that it reads
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    #dns=dnsmasq

    Ctrl+O followed by Enter key to save the file, Ctrl+X to exit. Then do:
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    sudo restart network-manager
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Re: Optimization Linux Mint ??

Postby crismblog on Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:29 am

Thanks
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Re: Optimization Linux Mint ??

Postby igor83 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:19 am

That was an enlightening post, thanks. I did the same thing on Windows XP, disabling about a dozen unnecessary services to free up resources. So I looked for info on how to do the same on what I view as the natural successor to Windows XP, Linux Mint.
My desktop runs 64-bit Kubuntu 13.04, my htpc runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia Xfce, my answering machine runs 64-bit windows 7, and my laptop runs 64-bit Linux Mint Nadia KDE. Each seems suited to its purpose.
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Re: Optimization Linux Mint ??

Postby joshg253 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:06 am

Great post, Vincent! I had already disabled most of those startup applications. ;)

I couldn't get online anymore (WiFi) after commenting out dnsmasq. Removed the hashmark and restarted network-manager and it works fine again.

For further optimization, I'm wondering if compiling a custom kernel would be worth it.
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Re: Optimization Linux Mint ??

Postby cwwgateway on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:54 pm

If you're running debian, you can use the liquorix kernel, but I don't know if it works with Ubuntu.

Edit: there's some other stuff on this list - http://www.datamation.com/open-source/getting-the-most-from-ubuntu-20-tips-1.html
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