I'm very new to Linux systems but not computer systems. I installed Ubuntu on my laptop and it took a little longer to load then I'd like but seemed okay. The problem showed itself more seriously when I untared an eclipse package that was a tiny 120MB. it took a very long time and lagged the entire system till it was done. I realize now that disk access is what slows the system to a crawl. My laptop has 2gb of ram and all I was doing was surfing one website and untaring one file so I believe this is NOT a swapping issue. I'm wondering if it's using the hard drive in some sort of unbuffered mode or something like this. I could use any advice/tips here.
Also one more thing, im not sure how the system is configured. I installed using Wubi and I am dual booting. I've never installed an OS like this, it appears it did not add an extra partition. When I explore /dev/disk/by-id I see about 5 files that have the hard drive name on them. I'm assuming it's running the file system off these 5 files on the main partition? Idk if this could be causing the speed issue, like an extra emulation step by using the Windows partition or something like this. I'm just kinda talking out loud and telling you guys all I know (or think I know) about the situation.
I'd really love the help, I want to experiment with Linux but I want a decent experience on my laptop. I run this on VMware on my desktop and it's so much faster.