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Old 04-11-2014, 10:12 AM   #1
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What 32Bit Linux for Netbook?


I've bought a cheap netbook that I wish to use for mobile web browsing. Linux Mint Debian edition with MATE seems a little heavy for it to handle, with it's 1GB RAM and tiny Atom processor. I'm just wondering if there's a lightweight or better suited Linux version to try?

I'd prefer to stick to an OS that uses aptitude as I can just about understand that.

Thanks!
 
Old 04-11-2014, 10:20 AM   #2
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Distrowatch has a search engine that allows you to ask all sorts of questions of this type. Have a look here: http://distrowatch.com/search.php?os...&status=Active
The above was for netbooks. For netbooks using a Debian-based system (i.e. using aptitude) here are the results:
http://distrowatch.com/search.php?os...&status=Active
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:22 AM   #3
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You should really check out MX (see my signature). I've got it running on an EEEPC and its pretty nice.
 
Old 04-11-2014, 02:33 PM   #4
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You could try installing LXDE or XFCE on Linux Mint. I personally use XFCE on an atom netbook but LXDE is probably a bit snappier.
 
Old 04-11-2014, 02:40 PM   #5
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Any distro with a lightweight DE, as already suggested. I'm running Slackware 14.1 with XFCE on my eeepc 1001ha, Atom 270. I have increased the RAM to its maximum of 2GB.
 
Old 04-11-2014, 02:47 PM   #6
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AntiX 13 on one.
MX 14 on two.
Slack0 5.7 on three.
SolydX on four.

I own 4 atom netbooks.
 
Old 04-11-2014, 09:55 PM   #7
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As far as I am concerned, 273 hit the bullseye. It's not the distro that is heavy, it's the desktop. Pretty much any decent distro would work with the right lightweight desktop.

I just set up a computer with one gig RAM for my son: I installed Mint MATE edition (because I like MATE and because Mint has all the codecs, etc., he is likely to want by default), then set up LXDE for day-to-day use.

If he knew anything about Linux, I would have configured up a Fluxbox environment for him, because it's even lighter, but expecting him to edit a menu using a text editor would have been a bit ambitious (I found a neat little program designed to add an "edit menu" application to the LXDE menu).
 
Old 04-12-2014, 07:38 PM   #8
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One of my netbooks is currently running Linux Mint 16 with the XFCE desktop. My other netbook Fedora 21 and Ubuntu 1404 prereleases with the LXDE desktop. Both netbooks are Atom N270-based with 1GB RAM.
 
Old 04-12-2014, 07:45 PM   #9
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Debian Wheezy (or Jessie) with MATE. Build a minimal netinst install so it is as ligthweight as you want not what some distro thinks you want.
 
Old 04-12-2014, 08:20 PM   #10
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My Atom Netbook with 1GB ram runs Debian Wheezy like a charm!
Good Luck !

Regards
 
Old 04-13-2014, 04:53 AM   #11
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Wonderful, thank you all for your suggestions! I shall give the various options available to me a whirl and see how I get on! That Distrowatch website is interesting too!
 
  


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