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Old 03-23-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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Best Current Distro for EEEPC 701X series


Hey,

I've got one of the early EEEPC netbooks. I took a look at http://wiki.eeeuser.com/ and http://wiki.eeeuser.com/overview.html but most of the data seems to be out of date. Makes sense since a few years after I got my netbook, they moved to the Atom chip and everyone else came out with netbooks based on more standardized hardware so there was no longer a need for special EEE Distros.

As you know, Asus and Xandros never really updated any of the software on there so it's getting a little old. I'd like to install a new distro on there that will get updates and have access to the latest software.

Suggestions on distros that will run well on this old hardware?

The most recent suggestion on one of the pages linked above is Xubuntu 10.04. Hopefully 10.10 and so on will also work. Any other suggestions? I think probably anything running Xfce or LXDE are preferable to *Box-based systems since my wife is the primary user.

Thanks!
 
Old 03-23-2011, 08:34 AM   #2
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If I were you, I would head over to distrowatch.com and check out all the distros and reviews. I would try out either Ubuntu or an equivalent if I were you, personally.
 
Old 03-23-2011, 08:57 AM   #3
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If you are fairly competent with Arch, that would be a good choice. I ran it for a while on my EeePC 2g Surf with LXDE. I run Tiny Core on mine now, which is quite impressive, but very quirky. Maybe AntiX would be a good candidate, it comes with IceWM, which is very light and very easy to use.

There is nothing really special about the early EeePCs, the only reason they had specialized distributions in the early days was because certain drivers weren't built into the kernel yet and people wanted everything to work out of the box. Now any modern distro will support all of the hardware without an issue.
 
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:06 AM   #4
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I've been very happy with Fedora on my Asus EEE 900ha and CrunchBang on my Dell Mini netbook. As you mention, all of the major distros have good support for the EEE PC series these days.
 
Old 03-23-2011, 09:24 AM   #5
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I would also say that Ubuntu is a good choice and I currently run it on my 900.
 
Old 03-23-2011, 10:40 AM   #6
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OK, cool - I didn't know all the drivers had migrated to the kernel. I'll check out either Ubuntu or Fedora since I have plenty of experience with those
 
Old 03-23-2011, 01:45 PM   #7
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I run Mandriva on my Acer Aspire One with Gnome desktop since '09...just keeps on going with no issues. The LXDE version is also good for netbooks.
 
Old 11-01-2012, 08:05 AM   #8
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Ubuntu 12.10 does not support non-PAE processors

Many of these comments, especially the recommendation to use Ubuntu, are no longer valid since the latest Ubuntu kernel will not work on the eeePC 710. Worst of all, if you update to 12.10 using the update manager, you end up with a broken installation and cannot get any updates. I have not found a way to roll-back to 12.04 without doing a fresh install.

Saying that, I am now looking for a Distro that will continue to provide the latest software (especially GIMP 2.8 and Scribus 1.4) which will support non-PAE processors, which the eeePC 710 uses.
 
Old 11-01-2012, 10:04 AM   #9
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I used Slackware Linux on mine when I had it (gave it to my son). I used to use this site http://wiki.eeeuser.com/ for some decent tips and advice. I am not sure how up to date it is.

You might want to check Slackware variants like Vector Linux or Salix as well.
 
Old 11-01-2012, 10:06 AM   #10
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Many of these comments, especially the recommendation to use Ubuntu, are no longer valid since the latest Ubuntu kernel will not work on the eeePC 710.
All threads become irrelevant eventually here on LinuxQuestions, that is why we typically do not "bump" old threads (this one died 18 months ago in spring 2011). I recommend you start a new thread for your PAE kernel problem in Ubuntu 12.10 (I have heard there is a workaround).

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Old 11-01-2012, 10:08 AM   #11
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Many of these comments, especially the recommendation to use Ubuntu, are no longer valid since the latest Ubuntu kernel will not work on the eeePC 710. Worst of all, if you update to 12.10 using the update manager, you end up with a broken installation and cannot get any updates. I have not found a way to roll-back to 12.04 without doing a fresh install.

Saying that, I am now looking for a Distro that will continue to provide the latest software (especially GIMP 2.8 and Scribus 1.4) which will support non-PAE processors, which the eeePC 710 uses.
My 701 runs a trimmed down Slackware 14, actually with the default PAE kernel, since the Celeron M in that machine supports PAE without any problems.
 
Old 11-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #12
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Interesting that this came up as I never did install anything on there. I was going to go with Debian this weekend. Any word on whether that would work? Or does the hardware now just become relegated to the dump heap?
 
Old 11-01-2012, 02:24 PM   #13
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Debian is known to run marvelously on the EEE PC.
 
Old 11-02-2012, 08:51 AM   #14
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thanks, snowpine!
 
Old 11-04-2012, 01:07 PM   #15
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hello guys

Hello, im a brazilian man anda im never used linux before, than help me please.

thnak you...
 
  


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