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I don't have any links, but there are two things I do which make a big difference:
1) Disable all unnecessary services. This speeds up boot time and frees resources for other uses.
2) Try a lightweight window manager rather than a feature-rich desktop environment. I had Blackbox on a p200(128mb ram) running more smoothly than KDE on a pIII 550(512mb).
Compiling your own kernel will speed things up because you won't have support for features that you don't need that might have been thrown in there. I'm not sure if this applies to Fedora but in Gentoo you can modify your /etc/make.conf and add processor options and what are known as USE flags for optimization.