LinuxQuestions.org
Support LQ: Use code LQ3 and save $3 on Domain Registration
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Laptop and Netbook
User Name
Password
Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 07-06-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
kerdum
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2011
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Lightbulb Acer Aspire One 522 Netbook.


Hi Everyone,

I'm a software developer and have been sadly away from Linux for a while. So I decided to take on the project of installing a Distro to my new Acer Aspire One 522-BZ623. I will try to detail my experiences in this thread and hopefully it'll help other out.

My first question is. What distro should I install on my new Netbook that will give me the most functionality and/or Media playback speed? The specs are below:

AMD C-50 processor (1 GHz)
4GB DDR3 RAM
250GB hard drive
Built-in Wi-Fi
HDMI, USB and memory card connectivity options
Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD 6250

And any more detailed spec you want are here
 
Old 07-07-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
andrewthomas
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Location: Chicago Metro
Distribution: Arch, Gentoo, Slackware
Posts: 1,690

Rep: Reputation: 307Reputation: 307Reputation: 307Reputation: 307
Your machine is not going to restrict your choice.

What desktop environment are you most comfortable with?

Which distributions have you used before?

Are you comfortable working with the CLI?

Are you looking for stability or bleeding-edge?
 
Old 07-07-2011, 01:12 PM   #3
kerdum
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2011
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrewthomas View Post
Your machine is not going to restrict your choice.

What desktop environment are you most comfortable with?

Which distributions have you used before?

Are you comfortable working with the CLI?

Are you looking for stability or bleeding-edge?
Thanks, that's a good question. I've used Red Hat 9, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian. (i've tried others like Mandriva and OpenSUSE but those weren't extensive uses). I'm very comfortable working with the CLI infact I missed it .

And you're right about restriction I gave Ubuntu 11.04 (live USB) a try yesterday and most drivers installed out of the box. I was quite surprised actually. My concern is that Ubuntu gives me stability and great out-of-box compatibility but I feel like I'd be missing out on bleeding edge stuff ( like better HD playback support maybe?)

I'm actually going to continue to test it tonight and report what works and doesn't work on Ubuntu. Might even try Boxee with Ubuntu to see if that give s complete portable media player offering to people....and then that will be on distro down .

What would you consider topnotch for stability AND what for Bleeding edge? (I can do two experiments)

Last edited by kerdum; 07-07-2011 at 01:15 PM.
 
Old 07-07-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
andrewthomas
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Location: Chicago Metro
Distribution: Arch, Gentoo, Slackware
Posts: 1,690

Rep: Reputation: 307Reputation: 307Reputation: 307Reputation: 307
Quote:
Originally Posted by kerdum View Post

What would you consider topnotch for stability AND what for Bleeding edge? (I can do two experiments)
I don't know if you can really get both, it is always a bit of a trade-off.

ArchLinux and Gentoo, in my opinion, probably offer the best of both, while slackware will win the stability contest every time.
 
Old 07-07-2011, 01:55 PM   #5
markush
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2007
Location: Germany
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 3,974

Rep: Reputation: 849Reputation: 849Reputation: 849Reputation: 849Reputation: 849Reputation: 849Reputation: 849
Quote:
Originally Posted by andrewthomas View Post
...
ArchLinux and Gentoo, in my opinion, probably offer the best of both, while slackware will win the stability contest every time.
I agree.

If you're familiar with the commandline you should try those three distros. But with one constraint, I would not use Gentoo on a netbook. I've tried that (on a Lenovo x100e, AMD64 1.6GHz, 2GB of Ram) but that much compiling was not good for the machine. Although I had two other Computers which also ran Gentoo and I used distcc the netbook was overloaded. The fan became louder and louder. Now I'm running Slackware on this computer.

Markus
 
1 members found this post helpful.
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help me!! my acer aspire one netbook will not start tkaikeh Linux - Newbie 1 03-22-2010 08:01 AM
Acer Aspire One netbook heating iceman3 Linux - Laptop and Netbook 10 08-05-2009 05:10 AM
Acer aspire one netbook newcomer sbarber Linux - Laptop and Netbook 2 04-01-2009 09:12 AM
First backup for Acer Aspire One netbook Completely Clueless Linux - Laptop and Netbook 6 02-21-2009 04:06 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:04 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration