bakedjake - 10:29 pm on Feb 13, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: bakedjake at 10:34 pm (utc) on Feb 13, 2013]
I discovered a minimalist GUI called XUbuntu
I quite like xfce myself. I switch often between Unity (which did take me a few months to get used to) and xfce (which I've traditionally used on all of my unix machines for years now), but...
So now I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 Server LTS to match the OS I'm using on my live webserver.
Get a real server OS. ;-) No, that's not fair, because I do use Ubuntu in a server config on some stuff, but I prefer FreeBSD on my servers and Ubuntu on my desktops.
FreeBSD has a sane init and file structure. I hate chasing down issues when you try and do something non-standard on an Ubuntu server.
That still didn't get me in business but now that I have a GUI via XUbuntu I'm going to try reinstalling my 256MB PCI video card to try and milk a bit more performance out of this thing.
If you're using nvidia cards, make sure to use the proprietary drivers. The open source ones are terrible.
[edited by: bakedjake at 10:34 pm (utc) on Feb 13, 2013]