Running Fedora18 on USB stick
I don't think this question is specific to fedora, and I am kind of a newbie to linux... so this seemed like the appropriate place to ask.
I have a 2011 macbook air. I downloaded a 64-bit fedora 18 LXDE iso and made a bootable USB drive with it (using dd in the terminal), then I booted from it and installed f18 on a 32Gb thumb drive (using the other available usb port). It worked perfectly on the first try (freaking awesome), but now I'm wondering about performance.
I've noticed that some tasks seem to get bottlenecked. Particularly when browsing the web. (I've been using chrome). It also took forever in the last step of updating with Yum extender (rpm something or other?).
I'm already sold on booting linux from a thumb drive, but are there any ways to increase performance? Better ways to be running the OS on a USB stick?
If I could understand why there is a loss of performance, I would probably learn something about how Linux, or OSs in general, use memory, hard drive, and cpu.