internet connection kind of slow, occasionally times out or locks up
I've been on Suse for about 6 months or so. I don't think it was this slow at first, even though it was never as fast as Windows. I've been checking out the memory usage and right now it says that out of 256 MB, 5 MB are free. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? What I can't figure out is why Linux, with all of its simplicity and stream-linedness, takes up so much more RAM than big, bad Windows. Any thoughts on how to improve performance without an upgrade?