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post #1 of 10
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Whats the best linux os for netbook. My netbook samsung n150 has n450 atom and 2gb ram if it helps any.

I have tried ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 but both seem really sluggish even with unity 2d.
I've tried Joli os but i really can't stand the amount of time it takes me just to get into the os on my netbook it takes on average 2 minutes.
Fedora is also slow especially with the new gnome 3 ui.
And i don't any access to windows although i have a xp disc just no key for it anymore XD.
post #2 of 10

ArchBag linux is lightweight while not feeling too bare-bone.

 

If you can't stand the look of it my next best suggestion would probably have to be a LXDE Ubuntu built.

 

Chakra linux is another 'eye candy-ish' distro that runs pretty lightly too.

 

Assuming you're somewhat inexperienced at linux something like Arch Linux probably wouldn't work out too well for you which is why i'm not suggesting it and i'm trying to suggest more user-friendly distros.

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Puppy is very lightweight but looks more basic than the ones mentioned. I'm not sure how beginner friendly it is.
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Honestly, I never could find a Linux distro that worked well up front with my netbook. Windows 7 worked surprisingly well. However, I did enjoy using Meego. If you are just using it for surfing and social stuff, I'd check it out.

https://www.meego.com/devices/netbook
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Ive heard Damn Small Linux is as small as you can get. I personally haven't tried it. If your into the whole hacking thing you could always try backtrack. tongue.gif
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Puppy is VERY lightweight and pretty beginner friendly (it is, after all, based on Ubuntu).

You could also throw Linux Mint with XFCE or LXDE on it, as well. Full featured, very beginner friendly and still quite slim.
    
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post #7 of 10
Xubuntu or any other XFCE-based distro should work nicely.
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Windows 7 worked better than anything on my 1215n.

Using Back Track to do my own stuff redface.gif
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post #9 of 10
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I think ill end up giving a few of these a try especially lxde version of mint. I don't have much knowledge of linux other than basic commands from ubuntu but i think i should probably get more into that stuff since my major in college right now is dealing with networking XD
post #10 of 10
Honestly OP, I wouldn't waste much time with these knockoff Linux versions if you want something that is fully-featured and just works. Check out Peppermint OS: http://peppermintos.com/ . It started off with Mint LXDE and they basically stripped all the bloat. Result: 430MB ISO, uses about 180MB at boot, maybe 220ish with several tabs and text editor open. Install size is similar to XP's install size (~3GB, maybe less). Should load in about 30 seconds on a netbook, fast as any featureless "netbook" Linux distro I've used.

*By fully-featured, I mean you can install ANY program that runs on Linux Mint or Ubuntu, on Peppermint. Well, the same is true for Meego and such, assuming you enjoy spending half an hour waiting for a program to compile from source (yes, VLC of all things took half an hour to install on Meego). Joli, DSL, Puppy, all those Pentium II distros have the same issue as Meego with ridiculously small repos.

Arch probably is fine, but when you use something like Arch, Gentoo, etc. you end up spending more time maintaining (or fixing your OS, best part) than doing work.
 
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