I'm trying to run Eschalon on a System 76 netbook but the game is very sluggish. I've tried setting everything to it's lowest settings but no luck. I've also tried installing lighter weight window managers as well as just launching from an xterm but still no luck. Is there a way to run the game for a resource limited platform like a netbook?
It sounds like your video driver implements OpenGL in software - it isn't using hardware acceleration.
The specs I saw says that netbook has "Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950".
From what I saw on Intel's site, this graphics core supports OpenGL.http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/gma950/index.htm
You'll need to obtain an accelerated driver to enable full OpenGL support. I'm not sure if one exists for Linux or not. I've only ever used NVidia cards on Linux because they're so well supported.