For about the past 20 EAP versions, and continuing with the official release, CVS performance in IDEA on Linux has been painstakingly slow. The same release on windows is lightning fast. In searching the forums, I found Paul Palaszewski who says that IDEA is sending CVS requests in 1 byte packets ( http://www.intellij.net/forums/thread.jsp?forum=33&thread=38881&message=549628&q=63767320706572666f726d616e6365#549628 ).
This is something I've been dealing with, just anticipating a fix in the official release. However, it is still a problem.
Has anybody encountered this and does anybody know of a workaround? I have gzip compression enabled...