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I am looking to dual boot linux with xp on my netbook. It has a 1.66ghz single core ht atom and 1 gb of ram. I would like the version of linux to be able to be quick and responsive and have Wine emulation for steam. It will mainly be used for web surfing. So which version would be the best for me? Thanks.
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I'm not sure if OS's like Ubuntu Netbook Remix or Jolicloud have Wine emulation. I'm sure they do since they both are built on top of Ubuntu, but I have no experience with those OS's to tell you how to.

I personally really like Linux Mint LXDE since it's very light weight. It's not as demanding as for say, Ubuntu/Kubuntu etc. Not to mention, LM LXDE comes with everything you would need out of the box unlike Ubuntu where you'd have to get the codecs and everything.

Um. I have noticed Elementary OS though. It looks like it would be great for a netbook. But I wouldn't know. I personally will be trying it out soon.
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I'm not sure if OS's like Ubuntu Netbook Remix or Jolicloud have Wine emulation. I'm sure they do since they both are built on top of Ubuntu, but I have no experience with those OS's to tell you how to.

I personally really like Linux Mint LXDE since it's very light weight. It's not as demanding as for say, Ubuntu/Kubuntu etc. Not to mention, LM LXDE comes with everything you would need out of the box unlike Ubuntu where you'd have to get the codecs and everything....
Agreed. The one out of all these that I found worked 100% out of the box, fresh install, beautiful was Jolicloud. I have it on both mine and my wife's netbooks. I like UNR as well, but there is always issues I have to work around... which is not really my favorite thing to do on a tiny netbook (see sig for my UNR install experience)

Linux Mint is really nice too... I love the LXDE desktop. I had Mint 5 from the start until, as an LTS, it was no longer supported. The Mint team does very well at everything except multi-video card support, but thats not gonna be an issue with a netbook
    
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I'd vote for Crunchbang (XFCE version, for ease of use), it's a rocketship

Always compile Wine from their website, the versions in distro's repositories are always out of date (excep Arch & Gentoo, but they don't count )
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I'd vote for Crunchbang (XFCE version, for ease of use), it's a rocketship

Always compile Wine from their website, the versions in distro's repositories are always out of date (excep Arch & Gentoo, but they don't count )
YAY FOR CRUNCHBANG! though i prefer the openbox version.... i guess the xfce version isnt bad though...
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I used Mint Fluxbox on my netbook for a short period, and didn't get on with it. It's the whole "everything in the right click" menu, it doesn't look right on the screen. They're only 600 high (well, mine is), and it's not enough imo
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I used Mint Fluxbox on my netbook for a short period, and didn't get on with it. It's the whole "everything in the right click" menu, it doesn't look right on the screen. They're only 600 high (well, mine is), and it's not enough imo
using sub menus helps... like i have networking, and then amsn etherape and xchat in that... and then office with all my office stuff like a calculator

and i have a few commonly used programs at the top, like terminal, and chromium

most stuff i can just start from terminal
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Thanks Guys! Will be installing Linux after exams.
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most stuff i can just start from terminal
Yeah, I'm not that leet....
Well, I'm too lazy to be that leet
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Yeah, I'm not that leet....
Well, I'm too lazy to be that leet
not hard lol... its actually quite nice

just gotta know stuff like starting background processes, suspending processes, moving processes to the foreground to watch for errors and stuff...

however some programs i much prefer to start with the openbox menu because they are a pain when they kick out errors and even if they are a background program they will steal your terminal

then ofc through trial and error you learn some things you SHOULDNT do >_> like move a ping to the background... cause it might be in the background, but all that means now is you cant stop it, it still steals your terminal..
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