This is a fresh squeeze install on T5220 (same for the laptop I'm comparing with). Whole machine seems strangely slow but one thing I can point out for sure is bash. I've been debugging this issue for a week now (even comparing strace -ttt time outputs with random intel machine). Does this seem strange to anyone else?:
randomx86laptop$ time (VAR=0; for i in `seq 0 99999`; do let VAR=VAR+i; done)
niagara2$ time (VAR=0; for i in `seq 0 99999`; do let VAR=VAR+i; done)
I first noticed this with bash_completion - every new bash instance takes 2-3 seconds to start.
Anyone have an idea whats going on?