[SOLVED] Netbook Acer aspire one - how can I improve overall performance ?
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Netbook Acer aspire one - how can I improve overall performance ?
Have an netbook Acer aspire one, Intel atom n270 (1.6 GHz), 1 GB RAM, 260 HDD. Used to run nice with WinXP, but decided to switch to Linux for several reasons.
The problem is performance: so far I`ve tried Ubuntu 12, Xubuntu 12, Pinguy OS and XPud... all of them by recommendations I`ve found on-line.
XPud works fine, but I don´t quite like it. All the others mentioned are just... slow... I can tweak some basic options to make it run faster, but still all applications seem to take ages to open. Specially web browsers.
I´ve just installed LinuxMint 14 Nadia (MATE desktop)and it´s a little bit better... but still not as fast as WinXP.
Do you think this problem is due to the distro I`ve chosen? I`ve read reviews and commentaries all around the web, and many users have that same distros i`ve mentioned running nicely in that netbook model.
Any suggestions, recommendations, hints, etc. will be appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Windows XP was released in 2001 and has very low hardware requirements compared to most 2013 Linux distributions. If XP works fine for your needs, then I recommend you continue to use it.
The biggest improvement to performance would come from upgrading your hardware, as the Atom 270 is simply a very low-performance processor no matter how you slice it. I use a distro called Fuduntu on my Asus EEE 900ha, and it is fine for basic tasks, but a high-performance multimedia powerhouse the EEE is not.
I've got a Thinkpad with a Pentium M underclocked to 600MHZ and that runs Salix. You could make and drink a cup of coffee while it boots up, but the applications are fine, although I don't use it on-line. That's using the standard version with Xfce. If your demands are greater, you could switch to Icewm from the Salix repository, which is as light as you can get.