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Old 06-17-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Asus 1005HAB Netbook... best distro of Linux?

Hey yall, I'm Jeremy. This is my very first official foray into the world of Linux, so be gentle. I'm sure I'm jumping into this forum all wrong, having not THOROUGHLY exhausted my search utility (the most recent thread of this type is two years old), but I beg a little leeway. Okay, a little background...

I'm a Windows guy, always have been---not because I "like" Windows best, but because that's all I've ever known. I've screwed up my junk enough times that I know how to drag my computer from the brink of death... or if I DON'T know, I know where to look to find out.

Over the past few years, I've started to branch out a tad. I got an iPod Touch, and as soon as I got it, I jailbroke it (I can't stand owning something that I cannot customize to my exact design hehe). After a few jailbreaks and such, I kinda learned my way around iOS---not much, just enough to keep me outta trouble.

Then last fall, I bought my wife a Nook Color, and myself a Nook Tablet for Christmas. These were my first intros to Android---Linux Lite, as I understand? Anyway, I successfully rooted my wife's NC, running CM7 from the SD card, and went CM7-internal hack with my NT (following the development of that REALLY close hehe).

So now I think I want to try Linux on my netbook. I had originally thought to go Hackintosh with it, but it seemed rather involved, and I don't have ready access to a Mac (something you need before hand to get set up for the Hackintosh), so I decided to look into Linux. I've got friends that've been trying to turn me onto Ubuntu for years, but I've never seriously considered it before now. My netbook model line was produced with both Windows XP and Linux operating systems. I just picked up the Windows one

So, here we go...

Requirements: I use my netbook for trivial stuff, really---watch movies, write fiction (I use OpenOffice), surf the web. I used to be an avid gamer, but I realize the netbook isn't designed for that. Still, I'd like to game as much as possible.

Restrictions: My netbook shipped with the world's worst wifi chip---an Atheros ar9285. The drivers haven't been updated since March 2011, and it's got a nasty habit of dropping the wifi signal after as little as five minutes. So while I am curious as to the "cloud" OS's, I'd just as soon have an OS that's native to the computer, so if the wifi drops on me, my computer doesn't crash.

So... sorry to load down my first post like this, but I'd be grateful for any nudge in the right direction. Thanks in advance
Old 06-17-2012, 11:40 PM   #2
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*My first post*

Seems like Lubuntu would be a great choice for your hardware, and your experience with linux, since you've successfully rooted and jailbroken various devices i guess your ok at picking up new things and following documentation. Lubuntu's installation is like this...


but if your willing to venture out into the wild, I'd really suggest Arch. I use Arch, I Love Arch, and due to lack of certain bloatware and other things that come with ubuntu variented operating systems, I can run KDE's whole environment as quick and snappy as i was able to run Lubuntu. But Arch's setup is like this...

Read documentation
start live cd
select repositories or sources
if you chose the online install configure your network (i'd suggest Ethernet)
follow instructions
select mirrors close to you
configure your system ###VERY IMPORTANT###
and finally install bootloader and reboot

*by the way... You get a simple gui install!!!*

follow instructions, I'd suggest having the documentation to follow closely as you're installing this distro.

best of luck bro and your going to have to install drivers for Arch but probably not for lubuntu
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Firstly, android is not linux. It is a java front end using a linux kernel. Jailbreaking a mobile OS doesn't really tell you much about a Unix backend. IMHO, you are best trying a live cd or usb to find out what you will be dealing with. Fedora's my favourite, but your taste may vary.
I definitely wouldn't install anything until you know what you're dealing with. If a live cd / usb runs ok and picks up your WiFi, It's worth running with and maybe installing.
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IMHO, you are best trying a live cd or usb to find out what you will be dealing with. Fedora's my favourite, but your taste may vary.
That sounds like a winner.

Now I guess I'm off to search threads on how to make a live USB

PS... I saw a YouTube video where one of the Linux distros did automatic searches for hardware drivers---i.e. detected the hardware, then looked for the drivers without the user having to download them. Which one would that be, and would it work on the 1005hab?


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