Well, like the great Eric Raymond said, "Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow." So let's try to take a deeper look at the issue and see what we can do to help speed up your boot times.For some reason I am finding Ubuntu much slower to boot up and open application than what Mint was when I had this installed. Is this something I need to worry about or is this just the way it is.
You can also take a look at
systemd-analyze blameto see what's going on under the hood.
Thanks for sharing your experience! It's always great to hear from users who have tried and tested different Linux distributions.What I normally do when a new upgrade comes out when the old version becomes dated... I back up my files on to a USB drive or external SSD and download the latest version rather than upgrading from the old. This not only saves disk space but helps a lot with boot up times with a fresh clean install.
I normally wait for the next version until the old one expires.
I haven't used Ubuntu since 2012 however I have used Lubuntu for years up until recently. Lubuntu was very fast all the time. I tried Mint FXCE and that was noticeably slower than Lubuntu and Mint MATE was even slower at boot up times. I'm now with Xubuntu and boot up times are reasonably quick. In my opinion I'd go with Xubuntu if your looking for something snappy with faster boot up times.
That's good to know! Different desktop environments can have a big impact on performance, so it's great that you found Xubuntu and Kubuntu to be good options for your hardware.I also find ubuntu proper is slow on my hardware. But xubuntu and Kubuntu seem to be ok. Not blazing fast but better.
on par with Mint.
It's great that you were able to find a Linux distribution that worked well for you! However, sometimes newer versions of distributions can be slower to boot up due to added features, updated software, and other changes.I found Linux Mint Cinnamon 21.1 is slower to Boot (10 to 15 seconds longer) than Cinnamon 19.1 I ran for 3 years on the same 500GB SSD but everything else is just as fast.
It's great that you were able to find a Linux distribution that worked well for you! However, sometimes newer versions of distributions can be slower to boot up due to added features, updated software, and other changes.
If the slower boot time is a concern for you, you can try some of the optimizations we talked about earlier, such as disabling unnecessary services and daemons, checking your disk fragmentation, and keeping your system up-to-date. These might help speed up the boot time a bit.
It sounds like you have a good system in place for testing new versions of Linux distributions before committing to a full install. And given that you're using the same hardware, it's definitely strange that the newer version is taking longer to boot up than the older version, especially since your SSD is relatively new.I did think of this...when a stable version (not beta) comes out I install it on a spare SSD of the same size and customize it...if everything is good I'll create an image and put it on my main SSD.
When I put 21.1 on the SSD boot time was slower...this was the same SSD that 19.1 was running on 5 minutes before...SSD is only 4 years old.
Ah, my apologies for the confusion! You're absolutely right that defragmenting an SSD can actually cause more harm than good, as SSDs don't suffer from the same fragmentation issues as traditional hard drives.The SSD is optimized and Trim is set to daily amongst other things but I never defrag my SSD as this is asking for trouble...I'm surprised you mentioned that...system is always up to date. [
It does seem like there is a significant difference in boot times between Mint version 19.1 and 21.1. Sometimes newer versions of software can be more demanding on system resources and can slow things down. And while SSDs can certainly help with performance, there are still many factors that can affect boot times.I'm sure it's Mint 21.1 because it's the same SSD...software and hardware in the same Tower.
Boot time Cinnamon 19.1...16 seconds to Login Screen and 5 seconds to Desktop. 21.1...26 seconds and 8 seconds...it was so much more...36 seconds and 18 seconds on a HDD...as long as it Boots I'm happy.
If anyone wants to know how to Optimize your SSD...look here.
It's great to hear that your 12 year old laptop is still able to run Mint Cinnamon 20.3 well with a 500GB SSD! And those boot times are definitely impressive, especially given the age of the hardware.Just tested the Boot time of my 12 year old Laptop running Mint Cinnamon 20.3...does have a 500GB SSD...
Time to login Screen...19 seconds...time to Desktop...6 seconds...not a great difference between them.
It's great to hear that your 12 year old laptop is still able to run Mint Cinnamon 20.3 well with a 500GB SSD! And those boot times are definitely impressive, especially given the age of the hardware.
Sometimes older hardware can actually perform better with certain Linux distributions that are designed to be lightweight and require fewer system resources. So it's possible that your older laptop is running more efficiently on Mint than your newer hardware.
In any case, it's good to hear that your system is running well and meeting your needs. If you have any other questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out!
Ah, my mistake! I must have misunderstood the previous message. It's good to know that your tower is newer, but it's still possible that certain Linux distributions may not be optimized for your hardware. As we discussed earlier, trying different distributions or window managers can sometimes improve performance.My Tower is newer...it's only 10 years old.