Dell Studio Laptop Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T6600 2.20 GHz 4 GB RAM
Windows 7 Main OS used Wubi to Dual Boot Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10
Main Concerns in general this OS runs slow for me.
Currently Running Chromium to post this
Average of 5.9% of CPU1 and CPU2 being used
516.4MiB

I find the OS slightly unresponsive.
I am comparing this to my use of Windows7 which is a much larger OS and opens folders and programs generally faster than this OS
Also got to view LinuxMint which also seemed to generally open files folders and programs faster than this OS and Windows.

Once something opens on here it runs fine for me or to my eye but opening something takes too much time in my opinion.

Looking for settings to speed up the response time for a file folder and program.

Note this is my opinion after a fresh install without changing anything.