[ubuntu] Ubuntu 13.04 slow on Dell D620

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I installed Ubuntu 13.04 on my Dell D620 and although I realize it is not the latest and greatest machine, I find the performance of Ubuntu shocking! Everything takes 5 - 30 seconds to launch. Once it is open it is reasonalble but switching between apps is painful. Is this normal for Ubuntu on the D620? What can I do to speed up the performance? I really like Ubuntu but dont want to go out and buy a new laptop just to run it. Isn't Linux supposed to be able to run even on lower end hardware? I had XP and Win7 on it and it ran fine :confused: Thanks, will appreciate any help. Cobus (Hardware)