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Save System Resources By Disabling Unwanted Features in Ubuntu

July 31, 2009

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Here’s a quick tip that can help you trim down some of the fat from your Ubuntu installation— for example, do you really need the Bluetooth service running?

By default, Ubuntu starts a number of services that really aren’t necessary for everybody—but they are started to make the operating system work for the maximum amount of people. It’s not a bad thing, but since you are running Linux you are obligated to tweak and customize it to fit your own needs—most people probably don’t need the Braille display management or Bluetooth services, for instance.

To tweak the services for yourself, head over to System -> Administration -> Services, click the Unlock button, and then remove the check marks from the services you want to disable. Hit the link for the full screenshot tour.

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  1. July 31, 2009 1:14 PM

    You know, I’ve heard this over and over again for years, but never in either Windows or Linux have I actually seen noticeable performance gains from disabling services.

    Yes, it makes sense in theory—services take up resources, so the more services you have running the more resources get taken up, and thus performance should be adversely affected.

    What I’ve generally found, though, is that computers with a powerful processor and a lot of RAM will pretty much always run well no matter how many services are running, and computers with a weak processor and little RAM will pretty much always run weakly no matter how many services are running (with the exception of very minimalist installations like Damn Small Linux or Puppy Linux, or of really old and unsupported versions of Windows like Windows 98).

    That’s just been my experience.

  2. July 31, 2009 3:53 PM

    Awesome stuff.
    Looks like you read my mind – I just install Ubuntu yesterday and will definitely follow your tips here.

    Thanks again 🙂

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