I was pulling my hair out recently because my laptop with Ubuntu OS (precise pangolin installed) was slower than my grandpa’s Model T and I knew it should be a jet fighter. Now I know this is probably pretty obvious to all you Linux guru’s out there but even as much as I read to try to find a known solution, this noob couldn’t find these rather simple instructions. It could be that all the super users out there already do this as a matter of course so no one ever wrote it up as a possible solution. It could also be that I fortuitously discovered the solution to a problem that’s been plaguing Ubuntu for a while.
Anyway, if your Ubuntu (possibly other Linux flavors also) OS is pulling on the reigns like a donkey in a field of mud it may be that there were files downloaded for updated software that required root user to complete installation. My response time radically improved after completing these simple instructions:
- Logout of Ubuntu.
- Login as root user. If you don’t know what this is you may need a system admin to do this for you.
- Check for updated software. It’s possible that the system will launch this automatically.
- Follow instructions and update any required files by providing root authentication.
- When completed logout again.
- Login using your preferred username and password.
You should notice that the operating system loads faster than before as will all of your software.
Freedom at last =)