We should have a "reduced resources" settings for Unity 2D

Bug #876491 reported by Jo-Erlend Schinstad on 2011-10-17
This bug affects 2 people
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unity-2d (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

It would be nice it we could deactivate all kinds of animations, etc. When used with a terminal server, these kinds of animations can dramatically reduce the user experience. Even the minimize animation in Unity 2D (shrinking rectangle) can sometimes take several seconds when connected to the terminal server over a mobile broadband connection, for instance. Other than that, it's fast and responsive. It shouldn't be necessary to switch to another shell just because of this. Having the same interface in your office and when you're on the run, is valuable in and of itself.

Gerry Boland (gerboland) wrote :

The minimise animation is Metacity. You could try disabling compositing:
gconftool-2 --set --type bool /apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager false
and do logout/in. It should speed things up, but you'll loose certain effects.

Have you tried setting the env vars: QT_NO_FAST_MOVE, QT_NO_FAST_SCROLL to see if they help performance?
(sourced from http://qtunderground.org/wiki/Qt_Environment_Variables)

But other than those suggestions, your use case is very much a corner case for us.

Gerry Boland (gerboland) on 2011-10-17
Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
status: New → Opinion
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