How to enable Low Graphics mode on Ubuntu 16


Prior releases of Ubuntu would allow the user to choose a 2D mode. With the modernization of Ubuntu Unity this has gone away.

The alternative is now to set a Low Graphics mode using Compiz Settings Manager.

Here are the steps to do this.

sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager


Open compizconfig-settings-manager


Click “Ubuntu Unity Plugin”


Scroll to the bottom of the General tab and ensure that Enable Low Graphics Mode is checked.