Desktop annoyance #2: Everything is very very slow after any package upgrade

Jo-Erlend Schinstad joerlend.schinstad at
Fri Feb 5 18:34:12 GMT 2010

On 5 February 2010 17:07, David A. Cobb <superbiskit at> wrote:
>  Again, recall I have "only" 256MiB real memory.
> Because of another problem, I can only do software upgrades from "Recovery
> Mode" -- single user console.  If I try it while Gnome is running, the
> network speed is cut to around 1/60 of the speed I get from the console.  I
> can't wait for two days to download the update packages.

You don't have to reboot in order to shutdown X. Simply open another
console by pressing alt+ctrl+F1, log in and run «sudo service gdm stop».
That will shutdown X.

> Anyway, when I reboot after an upgrade, it takes around 5 Minutes(!) to get
> the GDM login screen, and I have timed the system from the password entry to
> a functioning desktop at up to 15 Minutes.  Yes, I can get up and brew a pot
> of coffee, and drink my first cup, before I can use the computer.
> As a user experience, this just sucks!  And it doesn't help to have my dear
> wife looking over my shoulder and saying "Shirley doesn't have this problem
> with her Windows program!"  (of course, Shirley also has a 2GiB memory)
> We are, supposedly, maturing to the point that Linux is a viable desktop for
> average users, not just 'puter-geeks like me.

You're not complaining about Linux here, but Ubuntu and GNOME. Linux
itself uses very little RAM. I agree that the spesified minimum requirements
for Ubuntu could be set a little higher, or be more specific, but I don't think
it's fair to call this a usability issue.

If I were you, I'd try LXDE. It's _much_ less resource demanding and will
make your desktop fly in comparison to GNOME. It's a small download and
you can choose between GNOME and LXDE in the GDM login screen.

Best wishes,

Jo-Erlend Schinstad

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