Thursday, November 12, 2009

Speed Up Gnome In Most Distros

I have an older system and I am always on the lookot for little tweaks to gain some more performance out of my system. If you have a dual or quad core, these tips might not be of interest except to pass on to your friends with lesser CPU power.
  • Use wireframe instead of rendering windows
When moving windows the system has to render the contents before moving it. If this is sluggish on your system open a terminal and type: (all one line)
gconftool -2 --type bool --set /apps/metacity/general/reduced_resources true
This command will not work if you are using Compize but if you are you most likely don't need it.
  • Force menus to open faster
This command will remove the small delay the system uses to draw the icons in the menus. It will require you to re-start the xserver.
Don't forget to reinitialize xserver by using Ctrl+Alt+Backspace. Your menus will pop open a bit faster with this tip.

This isn't a complete list by any means. If you have a great tip please share it in the comments.

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