[SOLVED] Facebook Flash games and Linux - anybody had GOOD performance?
I have a test machine with a P3 1000Mhz Coppermine and 512M of PC133 RAM. Video card is an ATI All-in-Wonder Pro 9800, which is an R350 chipset.
I have a 40GB HDD that has Windows XP SP3 and IE8 on it. Flash performance is pretty slow, but not unusable. I had a spare 20GB HDD, so I thought I would try and install Linux and see if I could make it better.
That was 3 weeks ago.
I've tried Debian Lenny, Ubuntu Jaunty and Intrepid, Linux Mint 7 Gloria, Linux Mint 7 XFCE, Linux Mint 5 XFCE, Fedora 11 Gnome, and Fedora 11 XFCE. I've gotten CPU utilization as low as 10% running Flash in Firefox with Facebook games. I've gotten it to where no swap file is even needed - everything will run in 350-400MB of RAM. Yet Flash performance is flat AWFUL. At best, it's half the quality of the experience in Windows, and at worst it's completely unusable.
I've tried every tweak on the net - disabling Pulseaudio, installing proprietary ATI drivers, Flash config files, etc. Nothing has worked. It's consistent across all distros I've tried.
So does anybody out there have similar PC specs (especially the ATI card) and have no issues with Flash? If so, what distro are you running?
PS - Flash in Windows now appears to be slower after experimenting with Linux. I'm unsure how this is even possible, considering the two OS's are on separate HDD's that were never connected to the IDE bus at the same time.