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Or just plain old Arch with KDE if you're up to it.
    
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I'll vote against Crunchbang - it's not at all like Windows. It's not even like a Mac, it's pretty unique (in a typical Flux/Openbox user un-friendly way). It is lightweight though, but I could never get on with it. In defense of citruspers, Crunchbang was based on Ubuntu until the latest release, which only came out a few weeks ago.

To keep the size down, you'd probably need to look at Arch or Debian (minimal) - not for the faint-hearted! I'd suggest having a go in a Virtualbox with Debian minimal running an XFCE desktop (and that theme I posted earlier), see how you get on. If you get stuck installing it, stick a post on here and people will help you out
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When I say "like windows" I basically mean for it to just have a GUI that's easy to follow like windows. I've used Ubuntu before and I like it. I wanted to try out Ubuntu Netbook Edition but there isn't a 64 bit version and I have 6 gigs of RAM...
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Or just plain old Arch with KDE if you're up to it.
sorry archophiles, ubuntu and debian both offer a "netinstall" version, that is actually way easier to setup than arch is:

Ubuntu Netinstall

Debian Netinstall
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Check out SliTaz its only 40mb one of the more featured small installations out there.

http://www.slitaz.org/
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sorry archophiles, ubuntu and debian both offer a "netinstall" version, that is actually way easier to setup than arch is:

Ubuntu Netinstall

Debian Netinstall

Arch does netinstall too, its actually my preferred installation method, since you don't have to update right after install. Plus its Arch, so you're getting bleeding edge software

http://www.archlinux.org/download/

And honestly installing Arch doesn't take much longer than Ubuntu or Debian, and since Arch only installs the barebones needed to boot to the terminal you can be certain it will be leaner than any other full distro. I shouldn't have to tell you that if he's looking for a windows-like distro he needs KDE. Arch with just kdebase is going to take up at least a few hundred MB less than Kubuntu.


Plus Ubuntu "netinstall" is still regular old bloated Ubuntu. The only difference is you don't have to deal with burning a 700mb disk. You just download it.
    
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Arch does netinstall too, its actually my preferred installation method, since you don't have to update right after install. Plus its Arch, so you're getting bleeding edge software

http://www.archlinux.org/download/

And honestly installing Arch doesn't take much longer than Ubuntu or Debian, and since Arch only installs the barebones needed to boot to the terminal you can be certain it will be leaner than any other full distro. I shouldn't have to tell you that if he's looking for a windows-like distro he needs KDE. Arch with just kdebase is going to take up at least a few hundred MB less than Kubuntu.


Plus Ubuntu "netinstall" is still regular old bloated Ubuntu. The only difference is you don't have to deal with burning a 700mb disk. You just download it.
you be surprised how much you can remove from ubuntu/debian using a netinstall.
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Hold on OP - your netbook has 6 gig of RAM?!?!?!
I'm guessing this isn't running an Atom then, as netbook Atoms aren't x64 iirc.....
....Ok, just had a look, it must be a Pineview to support x64

I'd vote for Debian over Ubuntu as nathris said, a netinstall of Ubuntu is kinda pointless. Debian is apparently a customisable install, but I've gotta say that I'm not sure how that's done, as I've only ever seen a 'normal' GUI installer that gives very little options in the way of package selection.

If you're brave, and can put the time in to install it (and mess it up a few times), you could give Slackware a go. Can be a pain though, and it's a big download (DVD size). If you use XFCE as the desktop instead of KDE, you might get it under 2Gb.

Sorry, I didn't mean to throw more options at you - if in doubt, go Debian with XFCE.
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Hold on OP - your netbook has 6 gig of RAM?!?!?!
I'm guessing this isn't running an Atom then, as netbook Atoms aren't x64 iirc.....
....Ok, just had a look, it must be a Pineview to support x64

I'd vote for Debian over Ubuntu as nathris said, a netinstall of Ubuntu is kinda pointless. Debian is apparently a customisable install, but I've gotta say that I'm not sure how that's done, as I've only ever seen a 'normal' GUI installer that gives very little options in the way of package selection.

If you're brave, and can put the time in to install it (and mess it up a few times), you could give Slackware a go. Can be a pain though, and it's a big download (DVD size). If you use XFCE as the desktop instead of KDE, you might get it under 2Gb.

Sorry, I didn't mean to throw more options at you - if in doubt, go Debian with XFCE.
well, with the netinstall if you type:

apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

you get the whole kitten kaboodle, pretty much what is on the livecd, but if you type in:

apt-get install gnome

you get pretty much a very basic gnome, pretty much what you get out of arch.

same with kde

apt-get install kdebase-workspace

vs kubuntu-desktop.

most ppl are going to install the base system (its unavoidable), and they are going to install xorg and a gui more than likely, by time i got done installing everything i used in arch, my system install was just as large as it was in ubuntu...and i know debian distro's better, so it felt like i was "downgrading" to go to arch.

but its up to the OP as to what he wants to do.
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Hold on OP - your netbook has 6 gig of RAM?!?!?!
I'm guessing this isn't running an Atom then, as netbook Atoms aren't x64 iirc.....
....Ok, just had a look, it must be a Pineview to support x64
It's AMD Brazos. The mobos support single channel RAM so yeah..
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It's AMD Brazos. The mobos support single channel RAM so yeah..
Ok, didn't realise they were putting Bobcat into netbooks (my focus has been on Bulldozer tbh). I bet that kicks some ass

I wouldn't worry too much about the weight of the OS in that case, especially considering the multi-threading nature of the CPU. See how you get on with Linux Mint x64 in the first instance

Edit: Doh, forgot the size constraints, Mint x64 will be miles too big. It's a bit early in the day
I vote Debian minimal with KDE now, keep out the packages you don't want. You'll be able to run pretty much any Desktop Environment you like, it'll be the extra crap packages they put in that will wreck the space constraints. If you can spare the time, practise installing Arch Linux in a VM on your desktop, then when you get the hang of it, do it on your netbook. That's the plan with mine

Edit 2: Found this - http://www.debian.org/releases/squee...apds02.html.en, some very useful info here (ok, all distros will vary slightly depending on how they were compiled, but a good estimate nonetheless)
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Small distro is very much subjective to what one considers small... A standard Ubuntu installation is feature-rich (not bloated), and plenty fast and nimble on the kind of hardware you want to use it on...

Good luck choosing what works best for you and feel free to play around with Lice-CD's to find the one that fits you best
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