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Old 02-20-2013, 04:32 AM   #1
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Linux distribution for Toshiba netbook


Hi all,

I want to try any good linux distribution on my Toshiba nb520 netbook. I was opting Ubuntu but would be happy to get any suggestions..also any advice as it doesnt have any CD/DVD drive.

Cheers,

Skooby
 
Old 02-20-2013, 08:09 AM   #2
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If it is this netbook: NB520 and it only has the 1gig memory Ubuntu may not run as well as you'd like. You may want to look into a lighter version like Lubuntu or Xubuntu.

As for no cd, if you can boot from USB flash drive go to unetbootin for a method to use USB Flash drive to get it installed.
 
Old 02-20-2013, 09:29 AM   #3
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You can go with debian 6.0 (squeeze). But what are H/w configurations available for this pc?

Also once try this test.
 
Old 02-20-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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Debian squeeze did not work on my Toshiba. I'm not sure what the problem is, but the mouse support doesn't seem to be there. (Clicking on windows doesn't work) And I've been unable to get the wireless card working due, in part, to the problems with the mouse. With great reluctance, after three solid days of installing different distributions, I am going back to windows.
 
Old 02-20-2013, 03:39 PM   #5
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Quote:
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Debian squeeze did not work on my Toshiba. I'm not sure what the problem is, but the mouse support doesn't seem to be there. (Clicking on windows doesn't work) And I've been unable to get the wireless card working due, in part, to the problems with the mouse. With great reluctance, after three solid days of installing different distributions, I am going back to windows.
Have you tried using one of the sid-based distros, such as e.g. aptosid, siduction or semplice? Or an arch-based one, which is also using bleeding edge software. E.g. archbang comes with a very nice crunchbangified openbox display manager. All of these use very recent kernel and software packages and will hence have good chances of providing decent hardware support. Try them from live media to see how the hardware support goes, before installing, this will save you time in finding the right one for you.
These distros are expecting you to get a bit more understanding of how linux works than distros like ubuntu, but in my experience it's well worth the effort in the long run.
If you get your system up and running to 80% satisfaction I am confident you can find help here on specific issus that you might have to get the rest to work.
 
Old 02-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #6
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Hey Joe,

You know what, I do have 80% functionality. But I just do not have any more time. Half of readinq week is gone now, and I have no choice but to withstand my windows-loving friend's gloating.

However, I have every intention of returning to linux, because I basically love the philosophy of open-source. I have a lot to learn about it though. Next time, I'll have to have about a full week set aside to try to install linux. Perhaps it will work out better next time, but it simply takes too much time to find information for me to risk my academic career.
 
Old 02-21-2013, 07:23 AM   #7
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I guess I'm a little late here, but just in case you're still interested, my suggestion would be to go with Ubuntu or Mint, but to go with their lightweight netbook install. The regular one is more heavyweight and although it will install on a system with 1 GB ram and work on anything upwards from a pentium 4, it'll be really slow.
Just to give you an idea. I use Fedora and I have a desktop on which I've installed the Gnome version. I also have an Acer Aspire netbook on which I've installed the XFCE version. And although I have a dual core processor in my desktop while my netbook has only an Atom processor, the boot up times are the same for both.
Most processes startup only a shade slower on my netbook (usually office software, not others) and honestly, my netbook flies when I browse the net, which is all a netbook is meant to do in the first place.
I am assuming that you tried the main version which is really really slow on most netbooks. If you're still interested, just download the xfce spin for Mint, install it and then let us know what you feel.
 
Old 02-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #8
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I'm running Fedora 18 LXDE spin on my now-ancient Acer Aspire One AOA-150 netbook. A bit more sluggish than Puppy Linux, but F18-LXDE is what I also run on my equally ancient but significantly beefier desktop PCs.
 
Old 02-22-2013, 01:25 AM   #9
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Have you tried Salix?
 
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:55 AM   #10
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Please, please. Don't. Please. I know it's a desert. I know I am not anonymous. I know that there is a lot to pay. The asymmetry is far to pronounced now for any other course of action, for now. I know there's no time to practice. I know it's all in the open anyway.
 
Old 02-22-2013, 03:01 AM   #11
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i would use zenwalk or slax
 
Old 02-22-2013, 12:07 PM   #12
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@ Skooby (if you're still undecided!)

A good computer, which any Linux should run on. My suggestion would be Fuduntu:
> It's a rolling-release, which means it doesn't have versions: install it and then update it once a month.
> It's optimised to laptops.
> The documentation is good and the forum friendly.

http://www.fuduntu.org/
http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...page/15/sort/7

For installing with a USB stick, you need to use unetbootin
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
 
Old 03-02-2013, 11:12 PM   #13
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Thank you all for the replies and suggestions. I am at standstil now as I am facing some hardware issues with my netbook and its under repair. Will update soon once I got it back.

Thank you once again.


R's

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