Let me start by saying that I am amazed at what this little device can apparently do, not to mention the joys that I had in setting it up with my own flavour of Linux.
I am posting here because I have not been able to fix a problem that I have had with performance of the pi. I know that the ARM processor has the capability of a 300Mhz Pentium, so I am not asking it to do a great many things.
The issue is very clear with Facebook and Youtube, with neither one of them managing to load in a decent time frame (30 minutes) and being exceptionally sluggish when they do load. I am using Iceweasle as a browser and have gnash installed as well as the latest Java and have updated the Raspbian OS and the firmware for the pi itself.
Quick list of solutions I have tried;
Different browsing software, Midori and Netsurf.
Different OS, [Two attempts at Arch Linux with LXDE and similar packages, one attempt at Rasbian with LXDE]
Different power supplies, [From my desktop PC, Nokia charger (1.2A)]
Set swap space up on an external, AC powered HDD.
In general desktop operation, the pi performs the way that I imagine it would, a little sluggish but nothing that could be considered unusable.
If anyone would have any constructive feedback, I would be very appreciative.