more RAM as a solution (sluggishness)

René list.account at
Tue Jan 3 18:35:25 UTC 2006

> Tim wrote:
> You'll more than likely find that this problem is due to the Gnome  
> desktop,
> rather than Ubuntu itself - that's what I found.
>Personally, I just stuck another 256MB RAM in my system, because I like
> Gnome. That fixed the sluggish performance for me.

>> Am 03.01.2006, 18:54 Uhr, schrieb Filip Svendsen <filipncs at>:
>> I have 512 MB ram, but if I thought ram would help on the sluggishness
>> I'd probably get more. But I still have sluggishness when top says I
>> have plenty of free ram.

>> > Filip Svendsen wrote:
>> > I realize this is probably one of the worst possible places to ask
>> > this, but I'm looking for an alternative to Ubuntu. My problem is >  
>> that the interface feels so incredibly sluggish. I'm not talking about
>> > startup times of apps, which really doesn't bother me at all; it's >  
>> the responsiveness of apps after they've started. In particular firefox  
>> > is incredibly slow, compared to under windows 2000.

my machine has a great sluggishness too.
first I encountered that with the upgrade to Breezy (Warty was definitely  
faster on my machine).
once I also questioned the almost allways fully used RAM (in my case  
256MB). the answer was that Ubuntu (Linux) does rather use RAM than going  
to the harddisk (SWAP).
Tim talks about that 256MB more RAM did made his machine respond faster.
is that truly the only solution if you want to stay with GNOME (as I want  
that too) ??
thanks for suggestions.

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