Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
It didn't take much to get rhea running smoothly again after the upgrade from 7.04 to 7.10. The first thing I did was ignore the shiny shiny and turn of all visual effects. That seemed to help tremendously. I then began to change the desktop elements into something I liked that also was reasonably light on the system:
* selected a simple JPEG wallpaper via MacWallpapers,
* selected Clearlooks controls (the latest version to ship with Gnome 2.20)
* picked up and installed Humanoid-OSX
* and selected the Mist icon set.