In wait for the new Ubuntu 11.04, I decided to reinstall my system for the first time since October, and I also took the chance and switched from Desktop Edition to Netbook Edition – the version especially designed for smaller laptops with weaker hard drives. (and at the same time renaming my laptop from kinslayer to edenbeast, after the My Dying Bride song.
I was surprised to find that while the Unity layout looked cool, it was incredibly slow in comparison to the Desktop Edition, and some programs could barely start without making a fuzz. I took it easy and wouldn’t bother, but when I realised I couldn’t watch a DVD without having it hack constantly, I looked up the problem.
Apparently I’m not the first one with this problem, and the greatest solution seems to be to install the Unity 2D, which doesn’t have as magnificent special effects but gives much better performance. I can honestly just barely see a difference between this one and the original, so it’s definitely worth it. A description of the download and install process can be found here.