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DonMcnut
09-02-2010, 11:16
I bought the netbook a few years ago and opted for XP since it was all I had ever worked with. The HD is so small that windows cant even update properly with zero other software installed on that partition. I am not opposed to linux but I need a pretty user friendly distro that wont kill the bat life. All I plan on using it for is GT, xvid videos, email and very light work in google docs.

Pretendo
09-02-2010, 12:03
Since you're willing to try Linux, have you considered Mint? (http://linuxmint.com/)

It's about as lightweight as they come and web browsing and video playback (with VLC of course) should work just fine for you.

IndyGunFreak
09-02-2010, 13:22
I bought the netbook a few years ago and opted for XP since it was all I had ever worked with. The HD is so small that windows cant even update properly with zero other software installed on that partition. I am not opposed to linux but I need a pretty user friendly distro that wont kill the bat life. All I plan on using it for is GT, xvid videos, email and very light work in google docs.

Ubuntu 10.04 would be my suggestion. You can go Linux Mint, but it's more or less Ubuntu w/ a different GUI. How small is this hard drive exactly?

IGF

Linux3
09-02-2010, 21:38
This OS we designed for that netbook.
http://www.ubuntu.com/netbook.

I have it on my 1005HA and the gui is much easier to use on a small screen.

Sammael
09-04-2010, 23:36
Since you're willing to try Linux, have you considered Mint? (http://linuxmint.com/)

It's about as lightweight as they come.

While I like Mint, it is definitely not what I would consider lightweight. At all.

IGF has it right - it's basically Ubuntu (which is already bloated enough)with a snazzier GUI (and more codecs/bloat).

If you want speed - Go sidux or Debian with XFCE and add only what you need. Avoid Gnome and/or KDE 4+ like the plague. Any distro with a lightweight WM will work if speed is your foremost concern. Be warned though - you probably won't be able to have lightweight/speed and user-friendliness at the same time.

If you want user friendliness, Mint is a great choice, to be sure - but certainly not lightweight. Good luck in whatever you choose.

ibedanny
09-05-2010, 06:06
Since you're willing to try Linux, have you considered Mint? (http://linuxmint.com/)

It's about as lightweight as they come and web browsing and video playback (with VLC of course) should work just fine for you.

+1 on Mint. You cant beat a 40 second startup :supergrin:

StuntPilot
09-05-2010, 08:02
Check the link below for helpful resources:

http://forum.eeeuser.com/

I have an HP 1030NR netbook with a 16GB SSD, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix runs great.