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    Slower Graphics with iMac using Mint 15


    Hello,

    I am new here, both to Linux and this forum, so forgive me if I'm posting in the wrong category.

    I am using an Apple iMac from 2007 with Linux Mint 15 as the main operating system. Several months ago I made the switch to GNU/Linux starting with Ubuntu. I've switched to a number of distributions since then but Linux Mint has stuck with me.

    Anyway, my main concern is I have seem to have gotten a decrease in graphical processing speed, or power, since switching to Linux. Computer games that used to run perfectly on Mac OS now run with low FPS, etc. It has been like this ever since I started using Linux, no matter the distribution.

    If anyone could help me out with this problem, or just point me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Try to install gegl (if you have it into the repo list, and it is not installed).
    In the search box of Add/Remove Software write: gegl

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    Quote Originally Posted by user-f11 View Post
    Try to install gegl (if you have it into the repo list, and it is not installed).
    In the search box of Add/Remove Software write: gegl
    Okay, I've installed gegl, do I need to do anything else with it? What exactly does it do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenotilapia View Post
    What exactly does it do?
    It is a graphic processing framework to accelerate the graphic processor.
    Do you see any difference in the performance of the graphical desktop? (when opening the apps, moving windows, anything).
    See whether your distro can work with another graphical desktop, that may be faster.
    Last edited by user-f11; 08-05-2013 at 07:11 PM. Reason: adding info

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    Quote Originally Posted by user-f11 View Post
    Do you see any difference in the performance of the graphical desktop? (when opening the apps, moving windows, anything).
    Yes, I do indeed see an increase in performance. But just out of curiosity, is there any way I could increase performance even more?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenotilapia View Post
    ... is there any way I could increase performance even more?
    You can do a lot of things to boost the performance.
    By software means:
    - install bleachbit and bleachbit as administrator to maintain your computer in good shape
    - clean up the cookies from the browser ... and elsewhere
    - disable the services that you are not using (be careful what you are doing, for you may outwhistle the OS)
    - change the Graphical Desktop with lighter one
    - watch also this (you may get some fresh ideas): How To Boost Performance In Linux - YouTube
    - change the file system, with JFS or s.th. See this: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/File_Systems
    - In the general case Google search: boost performance your-distro-name

    By extending the hardware and improving its performance:
    - more memory (see the OEM spec how much is the maximal addressable memory for your platform & processor)
    - by replacing the HDD with SSD (even replacing a 50 MB/s HDD with 120 MB/s HDD or 200 MB/s SSD with 500 MB/s SSD can improve significantly the overall performance)
    - by moving the jumpers to overclock the processor, if allowed (which actually is not always an idea of first smartness, for besides the increased energy consumption of the computer, the risk of overheating and damaging the processor ... and the remaining hardware increases exponentially with the frequency)
    - by replacing the processor with faster one for this socket
    etc.
    Last edited by user-f11; 08-06-2013 at 07:01 AM. Reason: safety

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    Thank you, user-f11.

    My computer performs better now.

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