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I've bought a cheap netbook that I wish to use for mobile web browsing. Linux Mint Debian edition with MATE seems a little heavy for it to handle, with it's 1GB RAM and tiny Atom processor. I'm just wondering if there's a lightweight or better suited Linux version to try?
I'd prefer to stick to an OS that uses aptitude as I can just about understand that.
As far as I am concerned, 273 hit the bullseye. It's not the distro that is heavy, it's the desktop. Pretty much any decent distro would work with the right lightweight desktop.
I just set up a computer with one gig RAM for my son: I installed Mint MATE edition (because I like MATE and because Mint has all the codecs, etc., he is likely to want by default), then set up LXDE for day-to-day use.
If he knew anything about Linux, I would have configured up a Fluxbox environment for him, because it's even lighter, but expecting him to edit a menu using a text editor would have been a bit ambitious (I found a neat little program designed to add an "edit menu" application to the LXDE menu).
One of my netbooks is currently running Linux Mint 16 with the XFCE desktop. My other netbook Fedora 21 and Ubuntu 1404 prereleases with the LXDE desktop. Both netbooks are Atom N270-based with 1GB RAM.