When I run gimp and open a jpg, it hangs/slows my computer
severely.  It's so bad that it causes music playing from xmms to skip and
die, etc.  That almost never happens on my computer... even when
compiling programs and things. It lasts for about 10 to 20 seconds,
usually starting after the image is actually displayed on my screen.

I'm running gimp 1.2.1 on redhat 7.2 with an Athlon 700, 256 mb ram,
Nvidia TNT2 graphics card.  The images I'm opening are about 300-400 kb I
think - they're 1600x1200 images from my digital camera.
The computer also hangs badly when I open multiple images at once, and
also when I rotate images.

When I boot into windows and use Photoshop, everything works well - I can
open 10 images relatively quickly and without hanging the computer.
Any idea why gimp is performing so poorly?  I don't really want to
upgrade to 1.2.3 now because I don't have a broadband connection, and
that might not fix the problem.
Do you think it would help if I ran gimp with a lower job priority (or
whatever they call that).  I forget how to do it, but I could figure it
out.  But then the images might just open even slower.

Also, in the past I've noticed that after opening a lot of images, gimp
eats up a ton of HD space with temp files (it filled up my partition and
then started giving errors).  That problem hasn't happened to me recently,
I've just had the general slowness problem.


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