I'm dual-booting Xubuntu and elementary OS just for fun and comparison... I'm finding Xubuntu faster and smoother, which is a big surprise to me, as I was sure the ultralight Pantheon desktop would be quicker and more nimble, even if less configurable (which is okay with me - it's perfect as is - just slower and "choppier"). I'd like to speed it up, so it's at least as fast as Xubuntu! I looked at System Settings > Applications > Startup to see if I could disable any unneeded services, but no startup apps are visible in the Startup box! I know they must be running, since I have this gorgeous desktop and a superb network connection and my printer works, sound, etc. How do I select and disable unneeded services and keep it set up that way? Also, do I need to decrease "swappiness" and other things to speed up elementary OS?
Thanks in advance for thoughtful replies.