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Seriously, I can't seem to make up my mind. I've had my netbook go through many different operating systems. Windows 7, Windows XP, various versions of Ubuntu, Meego, something else. I just can't figure out what I want on this thing.

I'm tempted to go to some desktop version of Ubuntu and customize it or something to be netbook friendly, cause their latest version of the netbook one surely isn't...

I guess what I'm looking for is a recommendation. Windows 7 is acting up when I do anything now, Windows XP is worse then 7. I don't know what OS to go for next. I want something that is netbook friendly, can watch videos and stuff with ease, flash games, bla bla bla. Everything should just... well, should at least run without constantly slowing down, like how videos are doing now.
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i dont see why windows 7 would act up. its sold as a stock os for many netbooks these days. i never had problems with win 7 when i had a netbook with similar specs as yours.
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Ubuntu Netbook Remix didn't work out in my old netbook. Neither did Moblin, didn't detect the touchpad.

Jolicloud worked just fine, though. It even has a Windows-based installer, in case you want to dual-boot it with your current Windows install. Plus it detected my external USB 3G modem.

Edit: Yeah, Win7 worked fine on the same netbook too. It was what I dual-booted with, and even with Aero on, plus a few apps running, the performance was actually pretty good.
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It seems to work ok at first. But now it's just stuttering along. I don't know what's going on, but in the end I'm barely using features exclusive to Windows, so do I really need it?
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I use Windows 7 on my netbook. I've tried various lightweight Linux distros like Crunchbang, but they just aren't as good as Windows in my opinion.
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Thank you for not answering my question. Gotta love OCN.
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Thank you for not answering my question. Gotta love OCN.
Windows 7 can do all those things you want to do in the original post. I've not had a single problem running 7 Ulimate 32 bit. If you have problems running it, you're doing something wrong. For antivirus, use MSE paired with Common Sense 2011 and you will never get infected with any sort of malware, therefore never seeing slowdowns.
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post #8 of 13
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I'm using MSE, I'm not infected with anything. Something's just not working right, and I'm tired of it. So thanks for generalizing your own experiences, thinking that they apply to everyone.
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Originally Posted by BenRK View Post
Seriously, I can't seem to make up my mind. I've had my netbook go through many different operating systems. Windows 7, Windows XP, various versions of Ubuntu, Meego, something else. I just can't figure out what I want on this thing.

I'm tempted to go to some desktop version of Ubuntu and customize it or something to be netbook friendly, cause their latest version of the netbook one surely isn't...

I guess what I'm looking for is a recommendation. Windows 7 is acting up when I do anything now, Windows XP is worse then 7. I don't know what OS to go for next. I want something that is netbook friendly, can watch videos and stuff with ease, flash games, bla bla bla. Everything should just... well, should at least run without constantly slowing down, like how videos are doing now.
if you don't like UNR (ubuntu netbook remix) GUI, it uses unity, a whole new DE designed by ubuntu for netbooks (soon it will find itself on the desktop).

you can install UNR, then install Gnome or another DE of your choosing with apt-get, open up a terminal and do the following:

for gnome:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

for KDE:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

For XFCE:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

For LXDE:
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop


(there are more DE's, but those are the most supported imho)

it will grab all the packages you need, and install them, and then when you login, you can choose which desktop you would like to use.

if you don't want all the extra crap that one of the above commands install along with it, use the --no-install-recommends, option.

example:
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

there are different "netbook" remixes out there for linux's, the biggest problem you might run into, acpi support kinda sucks atm, so battery life might be severely reduced, ubuntu netbook remix does have one of the better battery managers out there tho, but you should still be able to access it with a full desktops install of gnome or kde if you used unr as the base install.

goodluck, its a pain to find the best one for a netbook, i typically just used Ubuntu, and then installed the special notebook software and went from there.
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post #10 of 13
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FINALLY! Someone who is trying to be helpful by answering my question.

Anyway, I don't really like Unity because the side dock takes up WAY to much space and I can't move or auto hide it, and for a netbook with little screen space, having a good half and inch to and inch used up for an unmovable dock is a terrible thing. Perhaps there's a way to move it that I haven't found yet?
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