plus, i am now on unity. it's a bit slow i'd say then macbuntu on 11.04. i am running ubuntu 2d as my old hardware shouldn't be kept processing on just the visual effects. i did google tweaks for ubuntu 12.04 as i wasn't happy with the performance i was getting.
1. installed jupiter (to switch between cpu processing modes)
2. tried xfce but it crashed a few times.
3. disabled unnecessary services and startup items.
4. there's something called preload, i installed that too.
still the boot up time is about a minute. it's kind of stable after that. chromium seems to run stably fast. firefox runs like a charm. libre office is continuing to disappoint me.
i have some excel 2007 files about 2-5 mb in size. it hangs! literally while trying to open them. looks like no one likes big excel files. just tried uploading to google
even on a core i3 2nd gen windows 7 with office 2010 system, those files make computer run for mommy! maybe those files should be exported as csv and imported into mysql.
here's a screenshot to tell you what i am dealing with.
|ubuntu 12.04 unity 2d desktop|