Linux and USB ate my dog

Y'know, I like the idea behind USB, and I love Linux and UNIX. Combine the two together, though, and it's just an ugly sight (or at least on my computer it is). I've had trouble with a few USB devices slowing to a crawl and corrupting the eventual data, especially with usb-storage devices. Not sure what the problems are, but on JoDee's laptop they run smoothly. Grrr!!! :)