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I wanna install set up a dual-boot for my new netbook. Here are the specs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230044

I'm upgrading to 2GB RAM. However, I don't know which version of Linux to install. In my college, the computer engineering labs all have Red Hat Fedora installed, which we use to work on programming stuff. I am familiar with UNIX and the terminal, and would like to use Linux to do my programming assignments rather than Windows. That being said, which would be the best version of Linux to install as dual-boot: Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Red Hat Fedora?
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I have always used Ubuntu, and 11.10 is a nice build for a netbook.
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If you're familiar with Red Hat, you should go for either Scientific, CentOS, or Fedora, as they are the "spawn" of Red Hat. Scientific is a FOSS clone, CentOS is aimed at servers (although you could use it for a desktop), and Fedora is the cutting-edge version of Red Hat, with up-to-date, sometimes unstable packages. I'm pretty sure Fedora is used as "Red Hat testing", as I believe a Red Hat release is cut from Fedora

Edit: Forgot it's for a netbook, out of that list I'd choose Fedora, but it's still not gonna run that well

Edit 2: It's jumping ship, but as you're Linux experienced I'd propose a Debian minimal install, maybe Testing branch if you want recent packages

Edit 3: Try Fuduntu
(don't be put off by the name! lol)
Edited by chemicalfan - 11/8/11 at 2:45am
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If you're familiar with Red Hat, you should go for either Scientific, CentOS, or Fedora, as they are the "spawn" of Red Hat. Scientific is a FOSS clone, CentOS is aimed at servers (although you could use it for a desktop), and Fedora is the cutting-edge version of Red Hat, with up-to-date, sometimes unstable packages. I'm pretty sure Fedora is used as "Red Hat testing", as I believe a Red Hat release is cut from Fedora

Edit: Forgot it's for a netbook, out of that list I'd choose Fedora, but it's still not gonna run that well

Edit 2: It's jumping ship, but as you're Linux experienced I'd propose a Debian minimal install, maybe Testing branch if you want recent packages

Edit 3: Try Fuduntu
(don't be put off by the name! lol)
I just looked into Fuduntu, and it seems perfect! Thank you so much for your input.
post #5 of 9
NETBOOK REMIX RWAR

If you are really concerned about your netbook running slow, stick with an environment like XFCE or LXDE. Xubuntu and Lubuntu/Fedora LXDE are both pretty minimal and will run an a netbook great.

However, I would like to say that now the more mainstream desktop environments tend to run well on netbooks. Therefore, something like Fedora, Mint or Debian I think would run fine on a netbook too.

My recommendation: Fedora. I think it is worth a shot trying the Gnome 3 desktop experience, which caters to smaller screens. I also think because it doesn't depend on Compiz for special effects, it will run well even on the small integrated graphics that powers the atom.
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Arch linux with open box and tint2 panel. Thats is what I used on my netbook.

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there was an ubuntu modded for eeepc, eeebuntu or ubuntu netbook remix,

but i hate ubuntu

i like mandriva, mint, fedora, in that order
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as usual i recommend gentoo. gentoo + fluxbox + distcc = perfect for a netbook. ive been very happy with this thing so far.

the newer xorg does a pretty good job out of the box .. i did have to tweak a few settings for the touchpad but that's about it. eveyrthing else just worked. I have yet to try the webcam and wifi, but i'm sure they'll work fine also. dell mini 1012
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I'll throw my vote in with Fedora as well. I've been running Fedora on my netbook since fedora 14, and Fedora 16 now runs flawlessly on it with only 1Gb of RAM. As said, gnome 3 is great for writing code and working on small screens.
I also multi-boot with Ubuntu and openSUSE, so if you wanted to go with ubuntu, I'd recommend ubuntu netbook remix. It has a really nice environment for 10.1" screens as well. That being said I do still prefer gnome's environment on Fedora 15 or 16 for coding.
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