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Hi guys,
I'm looking for a good distro to install on a netbook the EeePC 1011px to be precise. I've tried at least 10 distros in the past and haven't really fallen in love with any of them since ubuntu went Gnome 3. And in my search for my favorite distro I now have to include something lightweightish.

I'm currently using Lubuntu on my 1011px and while its more than I could ask for in terms of speed it just doesn't fulfill my customization needs.


So the fast version: I'm looking for a lightweight, reliable distro to use on my EeePC 1011px that's not Lubuntu. I don't want anything too small like TinyCore or Puppy and nothing too heavy like Mint/Fedora/Ubuntu . I was looking at arch but I've never tried it, not sure if I could handle it yet.

So what are your suggestions? recommendations?

P.S. I do a lot of programming mainly Java, and some Web Development, I'd prefer a distro that gives me options as a programmer therefore smile.gif

Thanks
Alex
Edited by cpt_alex - 4/23/12 at 10:26am
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I'm currently using Lubuntu on my 1011px and while its more than I could ask for in terms of speed it just doesn't fulfill my customization needs.

What kind of customization are you looking for? If all your talking about is Desktop Environment customization then just swap DE's on your current install. Easier than switching distro's.

Other than that, distro's are all relatively the same.
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yea im talking about the DE customization mostly but i still dont find it appealing a bit dull if anything, the only distro that's clicked for me was ubuntu before unity and mint but both of those are too heavy for my netbook? any other suggestions?
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Like I said, just swap your DE. There's tons of them around. XFCE, KDE, GNOME, LXDE, E17 just to name a few of the main ones. Then there's stand alone Floating Window Managers like OpenBox, FluxBox, and a few other *boxes. Then there's tiling Window Managers like XMonad, DWM, i3, ScrotWM, AwesomeWM, etc. Or even go pure Compiz.

Go around YouTube to find video's of them to see what you like and how customizable they are.Then just have a look at the Ubuntu site to see how to install them, as I haven't used Ubuntu in ages, I wouldn't be able to tell you.

If you like how the Ubuntu's work then stick to them and just change the DE/WM. No sense in changing your whole distro just to change Desktop Environment / Window Manager.


List of some DE's;
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Desktop_Environment#Desktop_environments

And a lit of WM's sorted by how they react; stack, dynamic ( floating and some float/tile combo's ), tile
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Window_manager#Window_managers
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