I'm totally new to Ubuntu. I had an EeePC netbook that was running WinXP and installing Ubuntu seemed like a good way to repurpose netbook and give me a platform to play with Ubuntu so that I can learn it. Everything installed fine and it's running well, but really slowly. I'm not overly surprised by that, since the netbook has a grand total of 1GB of RAM and is running an Intel Atom CPU. My question is, is there anything I can do to get Ubuntu to run faster? Or do you have a suggestion for a more stripped-down opensource OS that I could install instead that would run faster? I basically want to be able to run LibreOffice or OpenOffice, check email/Facebook, maybe play some light games (Solitaire?). Nothing real fancy.
I'm basically a diehard Windows user (don't judge me!) but I want to learn some other OS's as well.