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I purchased a laptop with an E-350 recently.The day I bought it I swapped out the hdd with another drive and installed windows 7 without all the bloat.The performance improved with that and it currently handles what I need it do.I use it for web stuff,word,movies,and school stuff like compiling code for comp science classes.So far,it handles all of this with no problems.

I am looking to try a version of linux that can do all the above and use the fewest resources(less than windows at least).I currently use netbeans with windows 7.Does linux offer a complier that would use fewer resouces?I have no preference on the interface,whether it uses the most basic command line type control,or a gui type like a windows os.Just want a recommendation from experienced users.I have read the threads on different types of the os but there are so many to pick from lol.I have an extra drive to put this on or can go the usb stick route if that is possible?

Once I select a version,I believe I should be able to figure it out with all the threads on this site and others.

Thanks.
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I've used Ubunutu which is nice, also Fedora and Linux Mint both of which are also nice but something like netbeans I'm not sure :/
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Linux is able to do everything windows can a lot better; except for.. gaming

Personally I use my laptop for the same reasons you described. I use Arch for the OS and Eclipse for the compiler. I prefer it a lot over netbeans. The only problem with it is it's a bit tricky to set up at first, but once you have everything up and running you won't want to use anything else
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Yea,I don't expect much out of the apu in the laptop far as gaming goes.It seems like a good chip for what I need.I love the low heat output,runs very cool.No burnt lap lol.

I have been wanting to try some form of Linux for a while,and figured this would be a good pc to try it on.See if it would improve its performance even more.

I will look into those versions.
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So far using Fedora14 on my Asus netbook and runs great only problems I ran into was playing .avi movies on it but as far as anything else (Internet,OpenOffice,Webcam Etc.) working beautifully and even a bit faster than the windows 7 starter that came with it. Of course I dont game on it but may attempt a emulator for any older games I have. Thinking of using Fedora 15 but heard a few complaints (From Linus himself) that Gnome 3 isnt great.
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I will look into Fedora.I am downloading Mint now after reading some more threads on here.Seems a good one to start with,then maybe try something that is more difficult afterwards.
    
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#! /bin/bash

if $noob = "1"
echo crunchbang
fi

im bored... posting out of boredom is never good... lol do quite love crunchbang and as far as an openbox distro its fairly easy to use out of the box, but any linux distro will do the stuff listed... plus a good debian base is always nice
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