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Old 10-11-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Complete List of Linux Netbook Specific Distros


I'm getting ready to install a new distro on my netbook and couldn't find a resource that provides a complete list of all the current netbook specific Linux distros. So, I started making a list. If you know of any that are included please add them.

Also, I am hoping to get some feedback on the different netbook distros. What do you recommend and why?

Here's the list so far:

easy peasy - http://www.geteasypeasy.com/
Fedora Mini - https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/FedoraMini
gOS Cloud - http://www.thinkgos.com/cloud/index.html
Jolicloud - http://www.jolicloud.com/
Linpus (installed by OEMs, not available for download) - http://www.linpus.com/
Moblin - http://moblin.org/
Pupeee - http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=40644
Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) - http://www.canonical.com/projects/ubuntu/unr
Ubuntu Moblin Remix (UMR) - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Specs/MobileKarmicMoblinRemix
Kubuntu Netbook Remix - https://wiki.kubuntu.org/KubuntuKarmicNetbook
Eeebuntu - http://www.eeebuntu.org/

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Old 10-11-2009, 12:20 PM   #2
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http://www.google.be/search?q=netboo...ient=firefox-a
every main distro should work
 
Old 10-11-2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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Yes, but I'm looking for Netbook optimized distros. For example, Ubuntu will run on a netbook, but Ubuntu Netbook Remix is a different experience with custom desktop and is tailored specifically for the small screens and limited system resources that netbooks have.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 01:14 PM   #4
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I had a Acer Aspire One Netbook for about two weeks returned it Yesterday..

The main problem with Netbooks ---

1. Screen Size

2. Ram

3. Cpu

4. Video Card

5. Price

My Netbook had a 11.6" Screen good size.

Had 2 gigs of ram good..

Had a Atom 1.3 gig hz ok not the best cpu...

The Video Card was the issue with a Intel GMA 500 was not well supported by intel or linux... Only the main distro's would work because of the video card and Streaming live video was a bit choppy.. Video would run fine for about 20 mins then start to chop..

The other Netbooks with 10.1 inch screens run a Intel GMA 950 which has no support problems and can run just about any Distro...

Waiting for other Netbook makers to release there larger screen Netbooks..

Personally I feel the another Generation of Netbooks need to come out before they iron out most of the Netbook issues...

Also price is far to much my Acer Aspire One was 299 great price..

But other Netbooks cost 350 up...

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Old 10-11-2009, 03:06 PM   #5
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I agree. Netbooks aren't really suitable for use as a one and only computer. I do think they are good for light / occasional computer users, people who only want to browse the internet, do some emailing, write up a paper etc. Also, they are handy for people who want a second computer to use when away from home, that doesn't need to be worried about as much as if a $1500 laptop got stolen. The price is right for both of those types of users.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 04:22 PM   #6
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The price is right for both of those types of users.
The price is not even close to being right!!!!!


Acer laptops

See how many laptops are below $600... And most netbooks are around 350 to 450....


You have to also figure some of the CPU on these laptops are Dual Core cpu's allow 4 gigs of ram and dvd burner, support video play back with no chop.... for 100 to 200 bucks more make mine a laptop.....

Like I said they need to work out a few issues and drop the price 100 bucks....

Forgot to add you get a 15.6" screen vs a 10.1 to 12" screen

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Old 10-11-2009, 04:53 PM   #7
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I can get an HP Mini starting at $279.99. I don't know of any new laptops worth buying that come close to that price. It is not a bad entry point if you want an actual computer that you can tote around, but don't need much power. Of course, free would be better
 
Old 10-11-2009, 06:23 PM   #8
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I can get an HP Mini starting at $279.99. I don't know of any new laptops worth buying that come close to that price
I got a Toshiba w/17" screen, 3 GB RAM, 2.2 GHz processor, 250 GB HD for ~$350.
 
Old 10-11-2009, 06:43 PM   #9
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I got a Toshiba w/17" screen, 3 GB RAM, 2.2 GHz processor, 250 GB HD for ~$350.
If portability is a primary concern and the budget is tight, ~$100 less / >20% discount makes a difference.

Anyways, back to the original topic. What netbook distros are people using? Is anyone out there in Linux land using a non-default distro on their netbook?
 
Old 10-11-2009, 07:06 PM   #10
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Latest I've heard is Fedora is working on a Netbook OS called mini ...

When or if Fedora will release the mini me is unknown...
 
Old 10-11-2009, 07:09 PM   #11
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Latest I've heard is Fedora is working on a Netbook OS called mini ...

When or if Fedora will release the mini me is unknown...
Thanks, adding to the list. Looks like it is currently in alpha and uses Moblin User Experience.
 
Old 10-12-2009, 06:07 PM   #12
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Forgot to add this one even though this looks more like for a mobile phone


jolicloud


later

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Old 10-12-2009, 06:22 PM   #13
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Forgot to add this one even though this looks more like for a mobile phone


jolicloud


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Added. Looks like you need to request an invitation to download. I like that they list compatible hardware.
 
Old 10-14-2009, 10:05 AM   #14
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I'm using a non-default distro on the Aspire One 110. Default is Linpus and I removed it when I did not see a security upgrade coming along for a kernel vulnerability.

I'm now using Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04. Works very well for my needs (visiting LQ) while I'm sitting in the garden (like now). But boot time is longer compared to original Linpus Lite and (subjective) the battery lasts a bit shorter (not too much).

The interface is something that you have to get used to. Because the screen is small, applications will hide the menus. You have to minimize the applications or to click the Ubuntu logo in the left top to view the desktop that contains the menus. You can change to a normal Gnome one if I'm not mistaken.
 
Old 10-14-2009, 12:56 PM   #15
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Added Linpus. Looks like they are joining the Mob... err, going with Moblin as well.

So far I have tried Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Ubuntu Moblin Remix, Moblin 2.0 and Kubuntu Netbook Remix.
 
  


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