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I've been using ubuntu for the past 8 months for alot of my programming assignments and whatnot and I'm moving my netbook to straight linux with no windows partition.
I'm wondering if theres any other distro I should try out? I use the netbook mainly for note-taking and coding (c/c++ and Verilog HDL) mainly when im not at home on my desktop.
Thanks!

Also, Is there a plus to using a 64bit OS? I mean besides the whole ram deal? I heard they can improve compile time, is that a myth?
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If you're running a x64 cpu why not tongue.gif

You'll still have 32bit libs for running the /few/ applications that don't have a 64bit version.

You also may see a slight speed difference with code compiling as well, but not really any difference for your day to day routines.

As for a distro, any will do just fine. You could try, Debian, Gentoo, Arch, CrunchBang, or Slack if you want more of a barebone distro to make your own. Or if you don't want to go that far there's still Fedora and a few others.
Edited by Shrak - 3/10/12 at 5:43pm
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one to look at is Fedora
http://fedoraproject.org/ and use the 64bit version
another one to keep an eye on is Debian
http://www.debian.org/
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If you want to be a little adventurous try Backtrack 5 or more along the lines of ubuntu, you can try Mandriva
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This was my First Distro, i love it and still use it to this day

http://pear-os-linux.fr/

most Ubuntu programs will run on it as ubuntu is the parent thumb.gif
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If you want to be a little adventurous try Backtrack 5 or more along the lines of ubuntu, you can try Mandriva

Mandriva is what I used from 2008-2010 thumb.gif
Both gnome and KDE

Heres a few shots of Mandriva.
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Edited by von rottes - 3/10/12 at 6:54pm
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post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by amd-dude View Post

If you want to be a little adventurous try Backtrack 5 or more along the lines of ubuntu, you can try Mandriva

How is back-track 'adventurous'?

All it is, is an Ubuntu base with preinstalled pen-test tools. Not much in the lines of adventurous...


Adventurous in my dictionary is more along the lines of LFS.
Edited by Shrak - 3/10/12 at 7:28pm
post #8 of 13
Well, netbooks don't have the best power, so look towards an XFCE or LXDE based distro. I found that Fuduntu performed very well, but the repos were small, and compiling from source tended to fail. I'm looking to try out Salix, as it's based on Slack but is easier, and all the reviews suggest that it rocks.

You could also check out Crunchbang - it might not be pretty, but it's lightning quick
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post #9 of 13
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one to look at is Fedora
http://fedoraproject.org/ and use the 64bit version
another one to keep an eye on is Debian
http://www.debian.org/

I'd vote for fedora too. It's running now on my single core 1.86GHz celeron laptop with the full KDE desktop installed. Would work even better with XFCE or LXDE.
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Mint, OpenSUSE, or Fedora?
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