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Old 01-10-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Linux for an Assus eee pc 1000

I have just obtained this netbook and don't like the version of Linux origionally installed but don't know which of the other versions would suit this machine. I am completely new to Linux but have used xp for years but it runs too slow on this machine and I haqve been told that Linux is much better but am not impressed with the EEE's native version.
Would much appreciate some advice.
Old 01-10-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

Asus made several different models beginning with the number 1000; it would be helpful if you could tell us your hardware specs so we can make a recommendation.

Assuming your hardware meets the minimum requirements, I recommend you try Linux Mint, which is currently the most popular Linux distro for beginners. If the default Gnome environment is too "heavy" for your system then you can try a "lightweight" desktop environment such as LXDE or Xfce. You could also try Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, or Puppy, which are all very popular with beginners.

Keep in mind that software cannot change your hardware. If you have a slow computer, and XP runs slowly on your slow computer, then Linux will probably also run slowly on your slow computer. However there may be some performance tips/tweaks we can offer once you have the basic system up and running.

ps There is an excellent eee-1000-specific subforum at unfortunately the site is down for maintenance right now.

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Thank you for your prompt response.
I'm sorry I didn't include sufficient info but didn't realise that Asus made similar models with the same name only having used a desktop before.
I think the info is - Memory 2.0GiB, Processor Intel Atom cpu N270@1.6 GHZ x 2, os type 32bit and 29.7Gb disc.
I hope this is what you want, I don't know how to find out other things.
This netbook is for my wife mainly Emails, websearch and Photos.
The xp ran slow but the original Linux ran well but seemed to be an old proprietory version which I could not update, nor any of the software packages such as Firefox.
Thank you again.
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Probably your EEE came preinstalled with "Xandros"; I have not heard good things about it, as you say, it is a little outdated.

I think any of the major distros such as Mint, Ubuntu, etc. would be a big improvement over Xandros, good luck!
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I've got the eeepc 1001ha, with the same specs:
Memory 2.0GiB, Processor Intel Atom cpu N270
I've had several distros on it, including Debian and Ubuntu varieties, and now running Slackware 13.37. All OK.
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I have a netbook with an Atom N280 and have tried different distros. I recommend Linux Mint Debian Edition Xfce. It's based off of Debian and it very lean compared to standard Mint or Ubuntu. So it will probably be easiest to you.

I would avoid the latest Ubuntu or Mint. The Gnome3+Unity stuff will only bog down the netbook needlessly and/or annoy you.

Another one you might take a look at is Vector Linux. It comes with the needed codecs installed as well. It is fairly easy to update with its package manager as well. Vector is based on Slackware.


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