I bought a new notebook (Lenovo W510 with 8GB RAM) and for some reason it is slower than my old notebook (Dell Inspiron 1525 with 4 GB RAM) when doing normal tasks.
I'm running openSUSE on both and it just seems like there is something wrong with the new one, it's unresponsive when starting a new application. I can tell it's hardly using the CPU most of the time but it still lags more than I think it should.
My question is,
What is the best way to optimize RAM and/or CPU use in Linux.
(I use VMware Workstation sometimes and use a lot of ram so I don't think I should disable the swap like I've read about in some articles, I am hoping there is a better way)
Dell Inspiron 1525 with 4 GB RAM
Intel® Pentium® Processor T2330
(1M Cache, 1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB)
Lenovo W510 with 8GB RAM
Intel® Core™ i7-920XM
(8M Cache, 2.00 GHz)