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nebeneffekt 11-06-2012 09:00 AM

which Linux distribution for a netbook?

my netbook a Toshiba NB 550D
AMD C-60 APU 1GHZ with graphics in CPU.
2.0GB RAM, 200GB harddrive.

3 months before i installed Fedora on my Netbook, but it never runed properly. I made a 2 partition configuration Windows/Fedora.
While on Fedora, the Netbook runed very slowly. The CPU had on fedora also a higher temperature by ~15K (74C).
Since i didnt had the time to play with it i used windows. But now i'm thinking again of using Linux. But i think it would be the best to install another Linux distribution on my netbook.

But which one would be good?
Open Suse? i need the netbook for surfing, calculating, r project and writing. just small scientific stuff.


rokytnji 11-06-2012 09:09 AM

Have a look and try Fuduntu since you seem to prefer rpm distros.

You might be pleasantly surprised


Toshiba Netbook NB550D AMD C-30 APU. Needs proprietary ATI/AMD drivers[1] to access Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)

DavidMcCann 11-06-2012 11:41 AM

I'd endorse that: Fuduntu has been prepared to save power on laptops. Some of the problem might have come from the fact that Fedora avoids proprietary drivers in favour of open source, which don't always work as well.

snowpine 11-06-2012 11:42 AM

I run Fuduntu on my netbook (Asus EEE 900ha).

frankbell 11-06-2012 09:39 PM

I'm running SalixOS--Fluxbox on my netbook. It works like a champ.

It's not *.deb distro, but slapt-get is similar to apt-get.

FredGSanford 11-07-2012 12:00 AM

Salix is a good distro to try out. I run Mageia 2 (Gnome) on mine. I've had it installed since Mageia 1 and no issues. It optimize itself during installation for laptops!

nebeneffekt 11-07-2012 12:11 PM

so on Meagie 2 for example, will i be able to use same programs like on other distros like ubuntu or fedora?


frankbell 11-07-2012 07:13 PM

Yes, you should be able to use the same programs. Underneath, Linux is Linux. If you are

It appears that Mageia comes will all the major desktop environments and window managers, so whatever you are used to using should be available. You can learn more here: See the "Release Notes" section.

FredGSanford 11-07-2012 11:26 PM


Originally Posted by nebeneffekt (Post 4824332)
so on Meagie 2 for example, will i be able to use same programs like on other distros like ubuntu or fedora?


Your specs are much better than. Yes, you will be able to run the same type of programs with Mageia as you do with those mention. Mga is a fork of Mandriva/Mandrake(rpm), but now is controlled my the community more than a company.

I didn't mention it but I believe now Mageia 2, the latest stable branch, is now using Gnome 3 instead of Gnome 2. But it does come with KDE by default and offer other DE/WM such as Xfce, Openbox, Fluxbox and others.

freelinuxtutorials 11-13-2012 12:42 AM

i recommend linux mint for netbook. it uses few RAM to run and you have great looking and user-friendly ubuntu like interface. and since it's based on ubuntu, there's a higher chance your hardware are all supported.

brianL 11-13-2012 06:57 AM

Slackware 14.0, using xfce, is running OK on my Asus eeepc 1001ha. I have increased the RAM from 1 to 2 GB, which seems to have improved performance a bit.

nebeneffekt 11-13-2012 08:40 AM

first i wanna thank you all for responding.
i didnt have much time to respond here in the last week or didnt have alot of time to play with the linux installation stuff.

however i tried some of the propostions:

brief summary:
first i tried to install Mageia 2. Installation worked fine, but Mageia 2 never really started :D. It loaded and loaded but didnt start.
Since i didnt have the time to search for solutions i just tried to install open suse. but also this failed. i couldnt get that to install.
so then today i installed linux mint kde. installation worked fine, its running now. my first impression is that it looks stable. its also only 800mb.

but since i completly unfamiliar with its design and how to configure stuff there, there will be some time needed till i have made up a impressions about mint.

but now the question is, when i having questionsabout mint, whre to ask? :D

with regards

brianL 11-13-2012 08:50 AM


Originally Posted by nebeneffekt (Post 4828408)
but now the question is, when i having questionsabout mint, whre to ask? :D

with regards

or here at LQ:

Pap 11-14-2012 04:31 PM

Maybe you should try Debian. I did that some time ago, installed Debian on an Acer Aspiire One netbook, and had no problem at all. All devices were detected out-of-the-box and it works flawlessly. The only "problem" is that I can't change screen brighness using Fn+F6 (other software function keys work as expected). Actually, that tiny computer can do way more than one could expect from it - even playing a few 3D games, although that's not its strong point.

Good luck.

ottavio 11-15-2012 02:19 PM

I have been using Chrome OS on my Samsung ARM Chromebook, I am quite happy about it. You can try it for Intel here:

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