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Old 01-11-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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Question What is the best Linux Distro for an Atom single core 2GB netbook?


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I have a Toshiba NB505 with 2Gb of RAM and I want to know which Distro will run better on it? Also, Do you guys recommend W$n 7 or xp?
Thank you!
 
Old 01-11-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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Atom processor and 2gb is capable of running any of the major distros, here is a good comparison of the top 10:

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

Once you have a particular distro in mind, Google is your friend, for example searching "toshiba nb505 ubuntu" you will find some testimonials from Ubuntu Forums (seems there may be some wifi issues)...

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Old 01-11-2012, 09:47 AM   #3
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Thank you Snowpine!
 
Old 01-11-2012, 11:24 AM   #4
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There are many distro's directed at those products also. Don't forget to test some of the more lightweight disto's from austrumi, slax, slitaz, vector, peppermint and many others. Might try fuduntu.

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Old 01-11-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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I just installed Fedora 16 on my Netbook and it is working pretty good. I'll try some light weight Distros. Thanks!
 
Old 01-14-2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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you might try Jolicloud.
 
Old 01-14-2012, 10:16 PM   #7
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I just put the Salix's Fluxbox spin on my netbook and am quite happy with it.
 
Old 01-15-2012, 03:15 AM   #8
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I guess distros are very similar. You have to look for lightweight graphical environment, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...p_environments or other articles.
 
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What do you guys think of Linux Mint for my Netbook? Ive been using fedora for a few weeks now and it works really good.
Thank you!
 
Old 02-02-2012, 12:43 PM   #10
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Quote:
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What do you guys think of Linux Mint for my Netbook? Ive been using fedora for a few weeks now and it works really good.
Thank you!
They are 90% the same but I have a slight preference for Fedora, if it is working great then why switch?
 
Old 02-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #11
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You can always keep your Fedora installation and just try a different desktop. I imagine it will be a bit snappier running Xfce vs. Gnome 3 or KDE 4. And it's easy to turn off desktop compositing in Xfce if you need a bit of extra performance.
 
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:56 AM   #12
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I just put the Salix's Fluxbox spin on my netbook and am quite happy with it.
I already have Mandriva 2010.2 & G2 on my AAO but ready to put something else, such as Salix or Mageia with XFCE. I have those installed on my desktop and enjoying them both.

To the OP, as said before, you can keep Fedora and install different desktops, such as xfce, lxde, and/or fluxbox to see what you like and don't like.
 
Old 02-10-2012, 10:54 AM   #13
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I have run Debian, with Gnome, quite happily on a 1gb ram 32bit Acer AO netbook.
I've also run Salix/XFCE on it (Slackware based).
GhostBSD also worked well; as did FreeBSD 9.
 
Old 02-16-2012, 12:28 PM   #14
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Thank you guys! I just don't like Fedora's Gnome 3.
 
Old 02-17-2012, 09:06 PM   #15
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ceantuco wrote:
"Thank you guys! I just don't like Fedora's Gnome 3."

My reply:
I have Fedora 16 with XFCE desktop, which is quite snappy, on my Acer Aspire One netbook. Fluxbox would be even faster loading, as well as bringing up applications. I try to stay away from KDE, which is sluggish, and GNOME, which is only a slight improvement over KDE in speed.

Of course, your mileage may vary....Mike
 
  


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