You’ll soon find out that Ubuntu offers great performance and relatively few stability problems, especially as compared to some other operating systems. (For instance, Linux file systems generally don’t need to be defragmented, unless you have NTFS or FAT32 partitions to take care of). But you can always make it even better. If you still run into any performance issues, or if you simply want to get the most out of your system, this chapter is for you. You don’t have to apply the topics it discusses; by default Ubuntu already works great without applying any optimizations to it, so you can skip it if you’re satisfied with how your system runs. More often than not, the chapter discusses hacks—clever methods of making things work in a nonstandard fashion. But as your experience of Ubuntu might have already taught you, such hacks are the lifeblood of Linux. One of the strengths of Linux is the ability to delve under the hood and change absolutely any aspect of the way it works. So even if the topics in this chapter are not essential, we recommend that you read the chapter carefully and consider applying its tips.
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