Speeding up Chrome

Recently, I’ve noticed that somehow browsing becomes more and more sluggish under Linux. I am using Chromium, from AlienBob. At the same time, using Chrome in Windows scrolls web-pages, such as Imgur or Reddit, much better. I finally googled a bit and it seems I found the solution.

I found this discussion at Ask Ubuntu. There is a link to a bug report for Chromium 14.04 LTS. They recommend that I either start the browser with the --disable-gpu option, like this:

chromium --disable-gpu

or that I disable hardware acceleration from the browser’s settings. I did this, by going to:

chrome://settings/system

and switched off:

Use hardware acceleration when available

It makes a difference, at least on my ThinkPad T420.

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