I have many problems and few solution, so if I may ask for some recommendations.
I have ATI mobility HD2400, which ties me to fglrx-legacy and therefor to old kernel (so 12.04 precise Xubuntu).
I have tried to survive with open source drivers, but my system resources are just too low to get by.
I would be happy with 12.04 precise Xubuntu, but there is this annoying USB bug which slows my external USB-drive to crawl (under 1Mbps speeds). My primary SSD is just 8Gb. My plan was to keep OS on fast disk and everything else on slower external USB-disk, obviously the bug ruined this plan. This would be fixed in newer kernel (I did try all possible magic tricks). So my problem is that I simultaneously need older and newer kernels.
I would like to stick with Xubuntu as my desktop, so I came up with this plan. I install some other Linux distribution or FreeBSD and run Xubuntu on virtual machine, this would allow me to experiment with other OS's as well. Other solution could be, just change to some other distribution.
So the questions..
Is there anything better that comes to mind?
Does someone know if this USB bug is existing in other Linux distributions as well?
I think that qemu-kvm would be best for virtualization, but please correct me if you think there is something better.
I'm not exaggerating or lying..
# sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sdb1
Timing cached reads: 2 MB in 2.05 seconds = 999.94 kB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 4 MB in 4.05 seconds = 1010.80 kB/sec