Will Ubuntu 10.04 be suitable in a netbook for a game programmer?
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as writes on offical webiste 512 mb ram is enough. Netbook edition should work as noraml linux installation besides desktop being optimized for small screen. Note that SSD disk may produce some troubles especialy 4 GB is pretty small space to run ubuntu. If you write apps in text editor you should give it a try.
Note that SSD disk may produce some troubles especialy 4 GB is pretty small space to run ubuntu.
For the operating system files (excluding /home, for example) 4GB is plenty for a regular installation of Ubuntu, and should be enough even if you pull in extras (e.g. some IDE, required packages to compile things, ...) To store your personal files you'll probably want and need a bigger storage media, but I think the netbooks using SSD have that nowadays. For example an Eee 901, which is getting old by now, had a 4GB SSD for the operating system and a 16GB SSD for user files. No problem running Ubuntu there. And if the space went low, one could always move something off the smaller SSD to the bigger one, e.g. /usr which helps a lot already. And you can always use external media for long-term storage. If the netbook uses a conventional harddisk, the size of it is probably tens of gigabytes, so you won't run out of space by creating small games.
The only thing I might have against your idea of using a netbook for that kind of work is the physical size of the machine: the keyboards are typically small, which makes writing more laborious than usually, and the screen might be too small to look at for longer periods of time. Of course you can hook up external display, keyboard and mouse, but then it's not so portable anymore..
Other than that, no fear--netbooks can easily host Ubuntu or whatever distribution you choose.
well i am thinking of buying Asus Eee PC 1210N with the Nvidia Ion Graphics and am not sure if Ubuntu can run in it cause they only distribute it in the windows 7 starter edition. I am thinking of installing ubuntu netbook edition myself, should i?, will SDL, OpenGl....etc be available in the ubuntu netbook edition?
Will the Nvida Ion be usable in Ubuntu Netbook Edition....?
Here are the specifications of Asus Eee PC 1210N:
- Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium or Ubuntu 10.4 Netbook edition
- Display: 12.1-inch LED-Backlit WXGA display (1366 x 768)
- CPU: Intel Atom N330 Dual Core processor (1.6 GHz)
- GPU: NVIDIA ION Graphics
- Wireless Data Network: WLAN 802.11b/g/n (draft 2.4GHz n) and Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
- Memory: 2GB DDR2, 2 x SODIMM slot
- Storage: 250GB HDD + 500GB ASUS WebStorage*
- Camera: 0.3 megapixel
- Audio: Hi-definition stereo speakers, high-definition audio CODEC, Microphone
- Storage Cards: 2-in-1 MMC, SD(SDHC) flash card slot
- Input/Output: 1 x VGA port (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor), 1 x HDMI, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x LAN RJ-45, 2 x audio jacks (Headphone & Mic-in)
- Battery Pack: 5 hours**, 6-cell Li-Ion batteryć
- Dimensions: 11.54 (W) x 8.11 (D) x 1.06~ 1.30 (H) inches
- Weight: 3.22 lbs
- Color: Black
It would nice if someone could recommend a netbook that can handle some heavy programming, compiling ......
From the specs I'd guess it runs just fine. Nvidia site seems to offer Linux drivers for the ION graphics card, so there shouldn't be problems with that either. What's usually problematic is the wireless stuff, because some hardware tends to have poor driver support, but that's difficult to say based on the above. I don't expect it to be a huge problem though, as the hardware is not likely that exotic.
Note that the battery life is only 5 hours, probably less when you really work on it. That means you'll have to plug the recharger in after a few hours...
Edit: it doesn't mean a thing if they don't offer a Linux version of it. Or rather, it only means that they favour Windows because it's somehow beneficial to them (maybe $$$ deals with MS?). If you buy it, you'll have to pay for a Windows 7 licence, but then again if you ever need it on that thing, it's available--as long as you remember to make sure you have created a restore media of some kind, if they don't give you it (and they typically don't).