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Old 05-19-2011, 06:30 AM   #1
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Hello everyone..I recently installed Linux Mint Julia 10 on my netbook and it is great...no issues from USB install..
My question is what is a smaller distro I can use for netbook...and will it install as easy as Mint 10..
I only use netbook for emails and web searches for information...
I have no harware issues ..except for my lack of knowledge of Linux...first time user.

Thank you in advance for any replies....

Fozzie
 
Old 05-19-2011, 06:39 AM   #2
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DSL is smallest, but i think puppy linux has full support for Netbooks
 
Old 05-19-2011, 06:42 AM   #3
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you could also try anti-X

antix.mepis.org

which is a lighter system

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:35 AM   #4
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Slitaz is also a good choice for what you want to use it for. It's actually smaller than DSL which I understand is no longer being developed. I installed Slitaz (30MB download) on a ten year old computer with wireless which was detected and no problems with it.
 
Old 05-19-2011, 10:52 AM   #5
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The smallest I've tried are SliTaz, Puppy, and TinyCore. Of those 3, Puppy is probably the "friendliest" for new Linux users.
 
Old 05-19-2011, 10:53 AM   #6
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Can you post your system specs? It's hard to suggest something without knowing what's inside target computer. For windows handy software for this info task is Speccy or Aida(previous Everest). Also it helps if you would mention what you want from it and if you want graphical stuff. Since you mentioned Mint try Debian minimal install then add what you want. However sticking with Mint won't be bad choice either unless something you don't like or doesn't work about it.
 
Old 05-19-2011, 10:54 AM   #7
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I wouldn't recommend DSL, it is unsupported since 2008.
If you are already familiar with Mint you could try the XFCE or LXDE edition of Mint.
I can also recommend antiX and wattOS.
 
Old 05-19-2011, 05:12 PM   #8
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There are a number of choice for netbooks out there that you may try.

http://www.internetling.com/2010/03/...-with-gallery/

http://www.linux-netbook.com/linux/distributions

And I am sure others.

All the above are good ideas. Might try them as live cd or live usb until you get what you want.

Might even look at xpud. It is much different but may suit you needs.
 
Old 05-19-2011, 05:49 PM   #9
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CPU Intel® Atom™ N455 processor (1.66GHz)
OS Genuine Windows® 7 Starter
Chipset Intel® NM10
Memory DDR3 667, Max: 2GB
LCD Size 10” (1024 x 600) WSVGA LED
Graphics Intel® GMA 3150
Graphics VRAM share with system memory
HDD (G 160 GB or above (2.5” SATA)
Optical Drive N/A
Audio HD Audio, Stereo speakers
Webcam 0.3M
Card Reader SD/MMC
LAN 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth N/A
D-Sub (VGA) 1

Thanks for all the very good replies.
Netbook is MSI Wind U160 DX
I am very happy with Linux Mint Julia 10 because everything works..straight away..
I will study the information everyone has sent me first.I was just wondering if all Linux distros are so easy to install aand all the drivers install on other Distros like Mint 10.
I only use netbook for emails and web surfing for information..at the moment..
If it works don't change it..I should just leave it on and use it..but a smaller distro could be less resouceful..
Thank you in for all replies.
Fozzie
Western Australia
 
Old 05-19-2011, 07:47 PM   #10
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Peppermint Ice is made for netbooks. I used regular Peppermint OS for a while and really liked it. It was super fast and had codecs and all built-in such as flash and those for mp3 playability. I'd check it out.
 
Old 05-19-2011, 08:49 PM   #11
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If you are happy then by all means DON'T touch it!!! We never follow that advice by the way.
 
Old 05-19-2011, 08:58 PM   #12
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I tried Peppermint. Thought it was nice but not any less resource usage it seemed from regular mint. Mint is designed to be very easy to install and setup for new users. Not too many other distros are quite that easy. AntiX is pretty simple to get up and running, and will make your little machine seem super fast. However you would need, I think, to create a Live CD on another computer and use AntiX's inbuilt application to create a Live USB, because it will not work via unetbootin or any other liveusb creator.
 
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However you would need, I think, to create a Live CD on another computer and use AntiX's inbuilt application to create a Live USB, because it will not work via unetbootin or any other liveusb creator.
According to the antiX website all ISOs of M11 are hybridisos, so you can simply write them to your USB with cat or dd.
 
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With 2gb RAM and 160gb hard drive you should be able to run any distro you like. My netbook only has 1gb RAM/ 8gb SSD but I've test-drived all of the major distros no problem.
 
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I use Ubuntu on my netbook with no problem, but if you want to use smaller distros, puppy is good
 
  


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