Originally Posted by penguinator
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.