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Old 04-26-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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Question can i install any linux on local hard drive on HP Mini netbook?


Can I install Linux on local hard drive on HP Mini netbook?
 
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:33 PM   #2
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I don't see why not, but without much more specific information, that is about as good an answer as anyone can give.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 12:37 AM   #3
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will u tell me how to install linux on hard drive on Hp Mini?
 
Old 04-27-2011, 02:24 AM   #4
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Lightbulb Using UNetBootin

I think the problem you wondering about is how to install without an optical drive, correct?

If so, you'll need to create a bootable flash drive (USB drive). The easiest tool with which to do this is UnetBootin. UnetBootin will let you copy an .iso image of an install disk for linux onto a pen drive, and then make it bootable via syslinux.

I'm not sure which model of Mini you have, but it looks like most of them have a Boot Menu that you can access by pressing F9 while the system is booting. The USB drive should appear in this list, at which point you can select it and start the install process.

If this isn't the case, you may have to enable booting from USB in your BIOS. It looks like (from a bit of googling) that HP uses F10 to access the BIOS, so you can just hit F10 during the boot process, and look for boot options.

Hope this helps, let me know if this is what you were looking for,

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Old 04-27-2011, 06:19 AM   #5
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Can I install Linux on local hard drive on HP Mini netbook?
Yes, you have my permission!

Seriously though, thinmintaddict seems to have covered it perfectly.

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:43 AM   #6
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I am dealing with the same issue, I have netbook ASUS 1215P. So basically any of those various linux distros would work on it just fine? There are some distros esp. for netbooks like puppy (have i understood correctly?) and easypeasy. Are those versions like win 7 compared to win starter...?
 
Old 04-27-2011, 10:31 PM   #7
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If you have an external USB CD/DVD drive, you could likely use that for an install. Worked seamlessly with my Dell Mini 9.
 
Old 04-28-2011, 05:06 AM   #8
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I am dealing with the same issue, I have netbook ASUS 1215P. So basically any of those various linux distros would work on it just fine? There are some distros esp. for netbooks like puppy (have i understood correctly?) and easypeasy. Are those versions like win 7 compared to win starter...?
Welcome to LQ!

I run Ubuntu Netbook remix on my Asus 100HA (I think?) netbook. The netbook distributions tend to be lighter than full distributions due to disk constraints, my other Asus is a 701 with only 4Gb of SSD. They usually use a simplified desktop as well and greater WiFi support.

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Old 04-29-2011, 09:08 AM   #9
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Real Quick, Ubuntu Netbook Remix was not any different from the normal Ubuntu as far as compatibility was concerned. They had exactly the same kernel. The only real difference was the standard GUI, which was optimized for use on small screens. (The normal GUI was still available, just not standard). This version, however, was deprecated yesterday with the release of 11.04, since Unity became the standard desktop.

The same holds true for the most part with puppy, they call it a "netbook" distro purely because it takes up very little hard drive space. Easy Peasy is the only one really intended for netbooks, but yet again it isn't in any way MORE compatible, The GUI is just optimized for use with a small screen. It's really cool, but don't feel like it will PERFORM better, it may just offer more usability on your small screen.
 
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From what I have read about Ubuntu 10.04. this should work very well on netbook. It is very important for me that there wouldn't be any wifi and bluetooth concerned problems popping up...
I don't actually understand the difference between GUI's, what is it and would the standart GUI consume more memory, raise CPU...?
 
Old 04-30-2011, 12:05 PM   #11
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For the Ubuntu release they are talking about, the difference is the "desktop interface" which is the normal one with a panel bar at the top and bottom of the screen giving access to menus, and the "netbook edition" GUI which moves everything to a sidebar type setup (which I liked) and makes menus show their contents in "iphone app"-like boxes, but I didn't care for that so much as I found it more difficult to get to system folders. It would be okay if you are not planning on doing any customizing. Your best bet is to install the normal distro then use synaptic to install the "Unity" interface (which is the netbook GUI), that way if you don't like unity or need to get to something unity doesn't want to show you, you can switch back and forth.
 
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