The computer was perfectly responsive, when it wasn't swapping.
It only swapped when running mozilla, all other programs were fine.
I'm just wondering what the bloat statistics are that a "bare bones" system now uses around 120 megs, when back then (2002-ish), my system used around 30. I certainly understand that browsers are now required to be more complicated, and that desktop environments have gotten more .. featureful. But this includes neither. Is this the responsibility of hal? udev? Everyone?