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penguinator 12-02-2012 12:22 AM

Can I use a normal x86 distro for netbboks?
 
hello all,

I remember way back you needed a distro specifiably for netbooks eg. Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Does this still applies today? Is it possible to use a standard x86 distro on today's netbooks and not a netbook specific type distro?

syg00 12-02-2012 12:59 AM

Yes - Ubuntu haven't shipped a remix for ages.
Maybe try something like Bodhi; based on Ubuntu, and worked great on the crappy notebook I tried it on.

penguinator 12-02-2012 01:07 AM

Thanks for the reply. I think I will go with Arch or Mint

syg00 12-02-2012 01:43 AM

Mint might be a bit heavy these days (if you are talking about a Atom)- Arch would certainly work if you don't mind doing the work. I like using it when I'm in the mood for custom kernels.

The reason I suggested Bodhi is that some/most of the work has been done for you, although Enlightenment can take some getting used to.

cascade9 12-02-2012 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by penguinator (Post 4841043)
I remember way back you needed a distro specifiably for netbooks eg. Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Does this still applies today? Is it possible to use a standard x86 distro on today's netbooks and not a netbook specific type distro?

'Needed'? Not in the vast majority of cases. There was a few dells with dodgy hardware that 'needed' a special version of ubuntu, but that wasnt the standard UNR/UNE version.

x86 is typically fine. Many netbooks now have a BIOS/UEFI that is locked to 32bit (x86) only, if you try a AMD64/x86-64 version they cannot run or install.

RockDoctor 12-02-2012 06:47 AM

My netbook (Acer Aspire One AOA150; Atom N270, 1GB RAM) has been running Fedora and Ubuntu (along with a few other distros that come and go) since I bought it four years ago. Current DE is LXDE (same as on my desktop PC); however, no problems with Gnome2, XFCE, or KDE when I've used them.

PaulW2U 12-02-2012 07:45 AM

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Originally Posted by penguinator (Post 4841043)
Is it possible to use a standard x86 distro on today's netbooks and not a netbook specific type distro?

I've used both Ubuntu 12.04 and Lubuntu 12.04/12.10 on my netbook, a Samsung N130. Lubuntu 12.10 what I decided to keep on it permanently though. There is a netbook interface but I consider it to be rather poor and use the standard desktop interface.

DavidMcCann 12-02-2012 11:33 AM

Mint should do. It depends on how much memory you have. I'd say the minimum requirements (and more is always better for performance) are
Mint with Cinnamon: NO — too slow
— Mate: 512MB
— Xfce: 384
— LXDE: 256

qlue 12-02-2012 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by penguinator (Post 4841043)
hello all,

I remember way back you needed a distro specifiably for netbooks eg. Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Does this still applies today? Is it possible to use a standard x86 distro on today's netbooks and not a netbook specific type distro?

It never did apply in reality! Ubuntu Netbook Remix was just standard Gnome based Ubuntu with extra stuff added to 'optimise' things for a smaller screen.
It was developed by the community and was quite unofficial.

Ubuntu replaced it with Netbook Edition. This saw the introduction of the Unity desktop.
That's when I stopped using The Netbook version and switched to the standard version for my netbook.

When Unity became the 'standard' version I switched to Crunchbang. For a netbook, it's a perfect, lightweight system with most of what you need as standard, but without the unneeded 'eye-candy'

But a Netbook is just an x86 computer afterall and will run almost any x86 distro. The only caveat is that some distros have too many background processes and screen effects for a basic machine.

penguinator 12-02-2012 03:42 PM

Thanks to all the new repliers.

I had a gut feeling that a standard x86 distro should work on an atom ntebook but I posted my question just to be sure.After all, today's netbooks have dual cores and I seen one with an i3.

cascade9 12-02-2012 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by penguinator (Post 4841386)
I had a gut feeling that a standard x86 distro should work on an atom ntebook but I posted my question just to be sure.

Dont get one of the new intel atom 'cedarview' (D2XXX/N2XXX) systems...the GPUs have virtually zero linux support.

ar2deetu 12-03-2012 11:18 PM

Crunchbang was pretty slick. Quick and nifty.


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