The Wired How-To Wiki has some great tips on how to speed up Linux.
Most of the tips covered in this article involve using the command line and editing system files. Therefore, it goes without saying that you should be fairly comfortable with your command line skills before attempting any of these tweaks. However, if you’re new to Linux, these system tweaks can serve as excellent feet-wetting exercises.
The tips for speeding up Linux are broken down into the following categories:
- Get Rid of Unnecessary Processes
- Swap Less Often
- Speed Up Your Applications
- Things That Probably Won’t Help