I've always liked youtube-dl, it's a nice minimal CLI app for downloading youtube videosHmmm...good question. I've never tried to download a YouTube video. Is there a preferred method?
Is it possible to make the videos play smoother from within a web browser?
FYI, ram usage is <100MB with a web browser open, and the system has 256MB so there's no swapping going on.
Normal web browsing does not peg the cpu at 100%...Ie, Ubuntu forums is fairly navigable. I haven't checked cpu usage, but it's not 100%.
If you don't find a fix for the problem I do have a suggestion for you though.
I recall in the earlier days of 64-bit linux flash was sometimes an issue in a browser. One of the workarounds at the time was to tell the browser to use a media player (mplayer I think) to handle the flash content. The video would still appear in the browser but it was actually played via the media player. This however is a workaround (and a good one) but not a fix. Sorry but I do not recall any more details though.
I would suggest using that as a guide rather than a howto, as it's old, and not Ubuntu based.
My recollection was that it was part of the Arch wiki on one of the ways to get flash working in 64bit.
For those not familair with pacman I'll do a quick translation,
would be the same as,Code:sudo pacman -S mplayer-plugin or sudo pacman -S vlc-plugin
Code:sudo apt-get install mplayer-plugin or sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin