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Old 06-28-2010, 09:47 PM   #1
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Suggestions on netbook for Ubuntu use?

I'm looking to purchase a netbook to run Ubuntu on and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? I'd like to keep it around $300-350. Nothing special required, just want a decently performing machine that can easily operate with Ubuntu without a lot of headaches.
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My now-ancient Acer Aspire One AOA150-1570 runs Ubuntu just fine, as will, I suspect, virtually any atom-based netbook. Best advice I can give is take a copy of Ubuntu 10.04 on a bootable USB flash drive with you as you shop for a netbook. When you find an interesting netbook, boot Ubuntu on it and verfy the workings of the sound, webcam, wifi, hibernate, etc...
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I have an HP Mini that works great with Ubuntu.
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My Acer Aspire One AOA150 ran Ubuntu 9 something ran pretty good when I first bought it early '09. Everything seems to have worked out the box, as far as I can remember. But I'm not a big fan of Ubuntu so now I run Mandriva 2010 Gnome on it
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I have an Asus EeePc 901 with easy-peasy installed (yet another ubuntu flavor) and everything worked out of the box:
- ethernet
- wlan
- bluetooth
- usb ports
- sd card reader
- sound (not very powerfull but with external, usb-powered speakers movie watching becomes friendlier)
It starts pretty fast (enabled auto-login), and works for day-to-day web browsing. Good autonomy too (3-5 hrs depending on app usage).

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You may find this list helpful:

Your best choice is a vendor such as System 76 that sells Ubuntu preinstalled. Not only will this guarantee the hardware is Ubuntu-compatible, but you also will be supporting Linux in the marketplace.
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Asus Eee 701SD running Ubuntu 10.4 & Lucid Puppy 5.01 (dual-boot) with no problems so far. Everything seems to run well in Ubuntu, also. I've noticed the Acer Aspire One ZG5 also runs ubuntu pretty well. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
You may find this list helpful:

Your best choice is a vendor such as System 76 that sells Ubuntu preinstalled. Not only will this guarantee the hardware is Ubuntu-compatible, but you also will be supporting Linux in the marketplace.
For sure, System 76 is the first place to look. You won't be disappointed. Also try, as it has reviews and user comments.

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