I have a main windows machine that I do most of my work on, which includes a lot of photoshop, maya and mudbox work as I am a 3d artist.
I also have a vaio latop that's about 4 years old now that I still take with me when I go home for a week or so and still need to get a bit of work done.
It's a bit slow lately (I'm a very experienced windows user so I've done all I can think of there) so I've been trying out a few linux distro's in the hopes of finding one to use on my laptop. Now I have a few nit picks that keep making me want to slap XP back on it and just suck it up.
I'd like something pretty bare minumum so most of the laptops power goes toward the applications I need. I'm going to be trying out blender and gimp for that stuff, so no worries there. I'm currently trying ubuntu and so far it's done the best job of using my laptops hardware (Wireless, FN buttons for brightness, volumn etc) Where as some other ones I tried (openSUSE and Fedora) were less forgiving.
The problem with ubuntu is that it doesn't seem to be very fast. Even firefox lags considerably when there are a few tabs open.
So, any ideas would be great. Something like ubuntu but really stripped down but with everything an artist would need. Or even something really small that boots up in front of windows xp, so if I just want to check e-mail or something I can use that right quick, or if I need to get actual work done I can boot into xp and just suffer through a bit of lag.
Laptop is a sony vaio vgn-fs660/w
1.37ghz intel centrino
80 gb hard drive
nvidia geforce 6200 go