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I'm looking to switch my netbook (ASUS 1001p) from W7 starter to Linux but I have no knowledge in Linux whatsoever. Does anyone know the best way of going about this or what's a good linux distribution to try out for beginners? Does anyone have any good resources that could point me in the right direction for learning about Linux?

Any tips or advice would be appreciated as well.
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http://linuxmint.com/ Probably your best bet until you learn a bit more about using Linux tongue.gif

Edit: And I think Ubuntu has a Netbook version too, not sure if it's worth bothering with though as I don't use Ubuntu.
Edited by Shrak - 2/22/12 at 11:08am
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Remember that the "easier" the distro the slower it will likely (not always) be due to the DE in use. Gnome, Unity, and KDE should be the same "speed" or faster than windows. XFCE, LXDE, and E17 will definitely be faster than windows.

The trade off is that you'll probably lose battery life due to some power regressions in the Linux kernel; but the speed trade off far out weighs it.

Also, if you message me on the weekend I'll find you the "essential commands" thread which is a good thing to know along with the picture that summarizes the entire thread. It won't cover everything but it will get you going.
     
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When you say "easier", are you referring to ease of use? My netbook is really struggling with W7 starter and I haven't had the time to switch to something else until now. I don't mind learning something more difficult if the speed trade off is worth it biggrin.gif
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When you say "easier", are you referring to ease of use? My netbook is really struggling with W7 starter and I haven't had the time to switch to something else until now. I don't mind learning something more difficult if the speed trade off is worth it biggrin.gif

Refering to the more mainstream Desktop Environments. Gnome/Unity/KDE are the 3 most popular environments and are also the heaviest on resources.

You can usually find spin-offs with lighter DE's for each distro, such as E17, LXDE, XFCE. If not it's easy enough to install them.
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Linux Mint has a horrible and ugly UI in my opinion. Would be terrible for netbooks as it wastes so much screen scape. Ubuntu is far better in that area.
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Linux Mint has a horrible and ugly UI in my opinion. Would be terrible for netbooks as it wastes so much screen scape. Ubuntu is far better in that area.

GUI is irrelavent. Can be changed at any moment.
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I would go with the ubuntu netbook distro. It's great if you plan on using your netbook for web browsing, email, etc.

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I like Ubuntu as far as distros go and when people want to give Linux a try. I started way back with Mandrake 2.0 (which was just RedHat with more stuff) and it was very command line based. Linux is getting way easier for the average person to use with the improvements with GUI and general device support now. As far as performance I have no idea how it'll work on a netbook as i don't have one. Good luck.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/968885/the-quick-and-dirty-essential-guide-glossary-of-terminal-commands

^That's a good thread to go through and give yourself a start on commands for Linux. Enjoy. thumb.gif

EDIT: Also found this

http://www.overclock.net/t/418396/guide-oh-no-not-more-commands <- LoL at the title

http://www.linuxcommand.org/
Edited by Rookie1337 - 2/22/12 at 5:53pm
     
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