how much system ram do you have 256meg,512meg,1 gig,2 gig,
also glxgears is not a benchmark but a test i get this
4168 frames in 5.0 seconds = 833.464 FPS
4373 frames in 5.0 seconds = 874.526 FPS
on a nvidia Gforce2 mx400 card( 8 years old) and 1 gig ram
and gnome with compz works just as fine as gnome without and the same for kde with and with out compz running.
whav driver is being used in the xorg.conf
is the driver " intel" or "vesa"
this is what you have?
also for a netpad/netbook
not notebook i would not even consider putting fedora 9 or 10 on it
in the first place.
fedora is a system resource HOG . Knoppix might be what i would but on a netpad , or even a min. freebsd install,or a light install of dedain.