I changed my Ubuntu desktop from unity to LXDE. Unity and LXDE are both Ubuntu desktop alternatives. LXDE is a cut-down desktop environment using lower specs and so can run faster on older computers or when using Ubuntu within a virtual machine. Speeding up Ubuntu with Lubuntu becomes possible with only a few commands.

Lubuntu is a fully blown linux distro using LXDE. LXDE is just the packages required for running the desktop environment.

Use the following command to use Lubuntu’s customized LXDE desktop:

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

After this has installed, log out and select Lubuntu from the desktop selection panel. See image:

Ubuntu Desktop Selection
Ubuntu Desktop Selection

Your new desktop should look like this and run faster that unity:

Lubuntu Desktop
Lubuntu Desktop

And thats it: Speeding up Ubuntu with Lubuntu

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