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Old 10-16-2010, 08:22 AM   #1
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recommend a Linux distro - small, fast, minimal software (linux noob)

Hi there, I'm new to the forum and new to linux (never owned a linux system)

I plan to install a second OS on my netbook (which is a Lenovo ideapad and currently has Win 7)

I want:
- fast boot-up time
- speed, efficiency, low power consumption etc.
- small-ish download size (I'm limited to 1 G per month in current situation)
- Internet usage by USB modem (huawei)
- Usual internet usage, email etc.
- only basic document processing
- dictionary software if possible
- general reliability etc, suitable for a linux noob

Options I've looked at so far are:
Damnsmalllinux (good that its small - might be too minimalistic)
Ubuntu Netbook edition (about 700mb download size)
Easy peasy (sounds too big to download)
Leenux (about 450mb - might be alright)

Sounds like theres actually a whole heap of linux distributions out there - hard to know where to start.

Can anyone recommend for or against those I've listed or suggest any others?



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Old 10-16-2010, 08:57 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ admaw11!

I'm gonna say Browserlinux or maybe better mijnpup

you may also like SlaxRemix08

or tinycore

However, maybe only browserlinux/mijnpup can be easily installed to hdd as they have a installer
I think tinycore does too
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I think I'll give Slax a try. Seems a small enough download, and looks like there is some useful enough stuff with it, yet simple enough for a learner.

I'm still uncertain on my USB modem will work with it as for drivers etc, but I guess I'll run into that problem after I've installed it.


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