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Old 07-05-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
anfelar
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Which distro would fit best for my VIT netbook?


Hi to everyone.

I have a VIT (Venezuelan brand) netbook. It has an Intel Atom N270 1,6 GHz CPU; 1GB RAM DDR2-533; 160GB SATA disk with Win%#&" 7 and XUbuntu 12.10. and still 60GB of free space. It doesn't have CD drive, it's a netbook

XUbuntu works fine but I'd like some advice seeking for a better distro for low resources equipment like this one.

I'm a plain user and perhaps I've learned some console command (I was DOS user) but my main trouble is Internet navigation (Mozilla).

In my usual job I have to use spreadsheets (LibO 3,6) and open a lot of tabs in web browser. The equipment doesn't fail at all but it virtually freezes and I have to wait minutes (yes, up to 2 minutes) for tasks to be done, even a so simple like change tab or change app.

If I close mozilla tabs, equipment goes better, but I need them open. Visual and aesthetics would be desirable but if I have to sacrifice them for performance increase, that will be.

Thanks in advance for the advice you may give.

Best Regards from Venezuela

PS I considered equipment replacement but I have to stand with this one till October, my company renew obsolete equipment
 
Old 07-06-2013, 05:56 AM   #2
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can you boot from USB?,
- if so, use UNetbootin - which will install a new linux,
from it's iso, onto that usb stick.

then boot from that & install to the hdd,
overwriting the Xbuntu O/S.

for another low spec O/S, try:-
antix.mepis.org

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Old 07-09-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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LibreOffice and Firefox are pretty much the same in all distros, so I suspect that switching distros will not solve the problem that your hardware is not capable of running spreadsheets and lots of browser tabs simultaneously. The best solution would be more RAM and a faster CPU, which is probably not possible with your current netbook. I have an Atom 270 netbook with 1gb and it works fine for its intended use of checking email, browsing the forums, etc. so long as I don't try to multitask.

In conclusion I think Xubuntu is an excellent choice for you if you revise your workflow to fit the restrictions of your hardware. For example you could try using Chrome instead of Firefox, Gnumeric instead of LibreCalc, etc.

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:55 AM   #4
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You could use also lighter window manager you can have more than one installed, just pick which one you want to use at the login scree, Openbox is lighter than Xfce or maybe you could try something really really light like Flwm or Blackbox now if you really wanna go beyond that try out Wmii or Dwm(read the manuals first) and by the way the faster/lighter you go the less conveniences it will have, but who cares if the system runs much faster?

A lighter browser like Midori or Luakit(both has tabs) would improuve performance greatly.
Get rid of services that are taking resources but you do not use and any other things loading on boot but not in use.

Disable wallpaper, animations for windows, mouse, etc, those really drain the resources.

Regards
 
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:52 AM   #5
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I'm surprised things are so slow. This computer has a 1.8GHz processor and 1GB of DDR-333 RAM — slightly faster processor, slower RAM — and I don't have any problems. How much CPU usage do you have? With Opera (4 tabs), OpenOffice, and the System Monitor, I'm using less than 20%. If your figure is higher, then what's using up the resources? I'm using Gnome 2, which is similar to Xfce. You really shouldn't have to switch to a lightweight system.

It's worth checking for unnecessary services (install BUM to do that) and unwanted programs at start up. It might just be Xubuntu: this is just Ubuntu to which someone has added Xfce, and Ubuntu's not famous for getting on well with older hardware. On my tests, the lightest Xfce implementations were SalineOS and ZevenOS, which were less demanding than some distro's Openbox.
 
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #6
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Cool

The best fit for my Netbook <But I replaced Platter hard drive with ssd. Mine sounds like yours as far as n270 atom but I have a 2gig ram stick in it. Mine flys fast

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy//vi...968132896d.jpg

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Machine:   System: manda (portable) product: Intel powered classmate PC version: Gen 1.5L
           Mobo: N/A model: N/A Bios: American Megatrends version: CM94515A.86A.0024.2008.0715.1716 date: 07/15/2008
CPU:       Single core Intel Core CPU N270 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 3192.07
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1600.00 MHz 2: 800.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           X-Vendor: N/A drivers: intel (unloaded: vesa) tty size: 105x35 Advanced Data: N/A for root
Audio:     Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.8.6-pmagic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: ec00 bus-ID: 01:00.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 65.4GB (-) 1: id: /dev/sda model: KingSpec_KSD size: 63.3GB temp: 0C
           2: USB id: /dev/sdb model: U3_Cruzer_Micro size: 2.1GB temp: 0C
Partition:
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 62.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 139 Uptime: 9 min Memory: 186.1/2014.9MB Gcc sys: N/A Client: Shell (bash 4.2.37) inxi: 1.
Full iso comes with LibreOffice and Iceweasel has flash but flashblock is added to reduce load on open tabs.
It uses less ram than Xubuntu and you can run it with Debian Wheezy, Testing,or Unstable repos during the install choices.
Your choice of course. http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

Video.


We are not as big or well known as Ubuntu. But our membership is world wide and lots of South American users use AntiX.
 
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:59 AM   #7
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Hi to everyone.

I have a VIT (Venezuelan brand) netbook. It has an Intel Atom N270 1,6 GHz CPU; 1GB RAM DDR2-533; 160GB SATA disk
Same specifications as my Asus eeepc 1001HA. I've increased the RAM to 2 GB, you may be able to do the same. It's running Slackware 14.0 OK, using XFCE or LXDE.
 
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:43 PM   #8
anfelar
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Very grateful with all forum members responses. I found very useful all of them. That's one of the best things GNU Linux free (or open) software has: Collaborative work to solve troubles.
I realize I need to study a lot more to solve my problem and help other people the same way you helped me.

More ram; to study local admin in order to deactivate unnecessary software and screen effects and install a reliable benchmark as well, so I may test other browser as chrome, iced, etc

Thanks a lot for your help.

I will mark this theme as solved

Best Regards
 
Old 07-31-2013, 07:41 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by anfelar View Post
Hi to everyone.

I have a VIT (Venezuelan brand) netbook. It has an Intel Atom N270 1,6 GHz CPU; 1GB RAM DDR2-533; 160GB SATA disk with Win%#&" 7 and XUbuntu 12.10. and still 60GB of free space. It doesn't have CD drive, it's a netbook

XUbuntu works fine but I'd like some advice seeking for a better distro for low resources equipment like this one.

I'm a plain user and perhaps I've learned some console command (I was DOS user) but my main trouble is Internet navigation (Mozilla).

In my usual job I have to use spreadsheets (LibO 3,6) and open a lot of tabs in web browser. The equipment doesn't fail at all but it virtually freezes and I have to wait minutes (yes, up to 2 minutes) for tasks to be done, even a so simple like change tab or change app.

If I close mozilla tabs, equipment goes better, but I need them open. Visual and aesthetics would be desirable but if I have to sacrifice them for performance increase, that will be.

Thanks in advance for the advice you may give.

Best Regards from Venezuela

PS I considered equipment replacement but I have to stand with this one till October, my company renew obsolete equipment
Slackware! Try it with KDE Netbook desktop.

Or just use a light desktop like Enlightenment.

netinstaller version of Debian is also good. You only get the basics, then add what you need. Same with Slax.
 
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