I use Slackware64-current on my work laptop and though I love running Slackware, sometimes it hangs on me near to the point of starting considering falling back to Windows.
I develop on Java and use Eclipse IDE. I know Java IDE's are not supposed to be lightweight, but, on occasions, it really gets stuck and as I normally have a console open, I run top only to find out Java is taking 90%+ of CPU load.
How can I make sure it does not gets (much!) in my way?
I know this is a rather open question, but I'll be more than happy to provide more details as needed.
EDIT: Hardware specs
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2520M CPU @ 2.50GHz RAM: 4GiB (probably DDR3, not sure though!)