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Another big thing you can do is use faster, more lightweight applications. GNOME's default file manager is big and slow. I prefer "pcmanfm". It's a fast lightweight file manager--not the fastest or the lightest, but it's the fastest I've found with the features I want (like tabbed browsing, pretty icons, graphics thumbnails, and such).
Rox filer is faster and lighter, but it's a bit limited to me and it doesn't use cut/paste the way I'm used to.
With 256megs of RAM, you should be able to run GNOME just fine, but using a faster file manager will have a huge impact on your general computing experience.Isaac Kuo, ICQ 29055726 or Yahoo mechdan