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Old 08-25-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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Net books and linux

I have an ASUS E901 and am not very happy with the Xandros Linux install. I would appreicate any opinions about other distros that members have installed.

Old 08-25-2009, 12:37 AM   #2
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The specifications of the netbook are not too hot but then not too low as well. The site says your machine should have 20 gig ssd storage and 1gig ram which is not too bad to run Puppy or Dream Linux. even Xubuntu will work on it. I have not installed them on netbooks but have used them with more or less same specifications. I installed Dream Linux on 512mb ram IBM thinkpad. And it worked better than XP for sure. I tried Xubuntu Live on the same machine and everything was fine.
Old 08-27-2009, 03:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback. I have been looking at the eeebuntu distro as well, which is based on the ubuntu's remix release.
Old 08-27-2009, 03:15 PM   #4
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how about xubuntu which comes with xfce
Old 08-29-2009, 12:50 AM   #5
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Is eeeubuntu still alive? I thought it is now called easy peasy or something.
Old 08-29-2009, 03:44 AM   #6
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For your netbook, i suggest Crunchbang Lite Edition, it's perfect for netbooks. It uses Openbox and runs nice on even old hardware. I'm using the standard 32-bit Crunchbang 9.04 version on my 4 year old laptop, it boots in 16 seconds. Also Crunchbang is based on Ubuntu, so it's easy to install and you really only have to get used to openbox, which isn't hard at all.
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EEEbuntu and Easy Peasy are too different things, I think. I put EEEbuntu on the netbook I gave my wife, (an Aspire one, with the 160 GB drive) and she's pretty happy with it. Although the wireless connection is sometimes unreliable for her.

Crunchbang has an EEE version as well. It's an excellent little distro that really took off. There are a ton of posts on their forums about using OpenBox for folks who aren't used to it. (You might find that afterwards, you will wonder why you ever even bothered with Gnome, KDE, and/or XFCE.)

Lastly, a rant (everyone can skip this part.)

Just about all of the netbook manufacturers almost sabotaged Linux on netbooks, by putting on crippled versions, guaranteed to turn off both Windows users and experienced Linux users. Yes, most people want their netbooks with Linux, and much of this is due to the way Linux was presented. Xandros, Linpus, the version of SLED on MSI--all of them were absolutely awful. Acer has almost admitted that MS pressured them as far as Linux on netbooks. In the US, at least, they offered a Linux version with

an 8 GB SSD with VERY slow write speed--updating an Ubuntu install would literally take over 3 hours, due to the slow write speed.
500 MB of RAM,difficult to upgrade--you had to completely dissemble the machine, including taking off the rubber feet on the bottom.
3 hour battery

For about $50 USD more, you could get a 160 GB hard drive, 1 GB of RAM and 6 hour battery. However, that one was only available with Windows, so they were definitely slanting it to push you to get Windows. I believe in the UK, however, the price difference was much greater, so that particular issue might not have applied there.

Ok, rant over.
Old 09-01-2009, 10:39 PM   #8
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im using a asus eee pc 901 with ubuntu 9.04 it was the netbook remix but i took those netbook tabs off so i have a normal desktop and i love it and although things were quick enough with 1gb of ram

i just bought a 2gb stick from ebay 23 included post n pckge
wow you can visibly see the difference
ive played around with pupeee and crunchbang which is basically ubuntu but you need to be a bit more experienced in linux there site says for intermediate users upwards

9.04 eveeerything works out of the box

i would recomend it to anyone with an asus eee

the default xandros is locked down in easy mode and can be improved by putting it into the advanced mode you get the details at eee user dot com its a good starting place for learning about your eee

but not as good as LQ.


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