Ever since installing Ubuntu 8.04, I have been experiencing extremely slow internet speeds no matter if I am simply downloading update and software packages, or if I'm surfing the internet.
I dual boot with win XP on the same PC and the difference in speeds are worlds apart - on Ubuntu, I get barely 7-15 kb/s - yet with XP, I regularly get speeds of 40-300 kb/s for the exact same tasks. If I turn on Firestarter, when in Ubuntu, the speeds slow down even more, but in this case, I'm aware of what is slowing the connection.
A few details about my current build of Ubuntu - as mentioned, I'm using 8.04 and I've downloaded all current updates. As I've just started using Linux, I've barely scratched the surface of the OS and haven't done any special modifications other than downloading software packages that caught my eye in Synaptic. I also have not modified any settings in terms of opening any ports nor changed anything in Firestarter.
What can I do to optimise my connection speeds? I'd like to play around Ubuntu more, but when my internet speeds stay at such lethargic levels, I can't even read up solutions to problems I encounter without firing up my XP laptop side by side.