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Old 05-23-2015, 09:49 PM   #1
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Question Netbook Linux distro for software development


Hey guys, I am trying to find the best lightweight OS for my asus eee pc seashell series which I mainly use for programming; nothing heavy of any sort, just simple programs written in c++ and java for projects and stuff, I have my main pc for android studio and whatnot.

I'm currently using windows 7 ultimate 32-bit and it gets quite slow when I'm running netbeans + oracle sql and a couple of documents and web browsers etc.

Specs:
•Intel Atom N570 Dual core
•Intel GMA 3150
•2GB RAM

I have used Ubuntu 2 years ago for about a year, other than that I don't know anything about Linux distros. I have researched a few distros yet still skeptical about satisfying my needs especially the programming part.
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 05-23-2015, 11:02 PM   #2
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Any distro can be configured for doing software development. Since you used Ubuntu, while I personally dislike it, I'd probably start there if you liked it back when you used it.
 
Old 05-24-2015, 01:33 AM   #3
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Any distro can be configured for doing software development. Since you used Ubuntu, while I personally dislike it, I'd probably start there if you liked it back when you used it.
Thanks for the quick response, Ubuntu is my first choice right now but I'm thinking if it will be efficient given my netbook specs. What would you recommend personally?
 
Old 05-24-2015, 01:49 AM   #4
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For an Atom netbook I looked at a few years back bodhi worked very well. Ubuntu based, but very light-weight - important for me as I had a (very) crappy predecessor of that GMA chip you have.

Of course running an IDE written itself in java is going to be a problem. The browser they ship (Midori) is also very light. All round good option.
 
Old 05-24-2015, 03:05 AM   #5
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ddvrns,

Two recommendations for your netbook.

MX-14 is an excellent Linux distribution based on Debian and runs quickly on old or low powered machines.

In addition, loads of software packages are available from the Debian repositories.

Review:
http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.co.uk...iew-truly.html

Detailed video review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P1oH3y0r6M

How to install:
http://mepiscommunity.org/videos/installing-mx14

Download the PAE version from:
http://www.mepiscommunity.org/download-links

Alternatively, try Zorin OS 9 Lite which is based on Ubuntu:

Review:
http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.co.uk...best-lxde.html

Download from:
http://zorin-os.com/free.html
 
Old 05-24-2015, 05:00 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will start trying some of those tonight and I'll post back. Cheers

Edit: Btw guys what do you think of these distros
Lubuntu
Xubuntu
macpup
linux lite
These are the ones that appeal to me the most

Last edited by ddvrns; 05-24-2015 at 05:19 AM.
 
Old 05-24-2015, 05:27 AM   #7
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Personally, I think all ubuntu distros are a bit bloated, you should be looking for a lightweight distro like AntiX, http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page which will leave you most of your memory free for your programs to use.
Out of your list, Linux Lite would probably be best.
 
  


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