How To: Become a Linux Netbook Power User

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Thanks for your sharing the great tips. Since I have own Asus Eee PC Netbook and will try to test following your instruction soon.

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Nice work! i like this.Their low-speed processor and minimal memory means that they’re just not suited for more 1Y0-A05 Testking and 642-813 Testkingintensive applications like gaming or video editing.

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George Batey

The first is easier, but involves burning a Testking 70-270 CD. If you think you might have use for an Ubuntu Live Testking 642-746 CD, or if you’ve already made one for some other Testking 1z0-052 purpose or just have a ton of extra Testking NS0-163 blank CDs, this is probably the way to go for you. 

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PhoneyVirus

I like this alot and for a netbook it's good. Trying it soon on my Acer Aspire One but the down side got to install Ubuntu from a USB or network I gues.

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Ubuntu is great. Do you know what the most positive think about ubuntu is? The viruses that normally attack windows can’t infect the Ubuntu. That was the primary reason for me to switching from Windows to Ubuntu.
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adampiter

installing ubuntu came to me with a lot of problems. I failed to install it on my notebook. What can I do?

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enorbet1

For netbooks, older laptops, or resource constrained desktop PCs you owe it to yourself to try Puppy Linux or Slax.  Both are available as LiveCDs and lend themselved to thumbdrives so one can try them out before committing to an install.  BTW if your only experience with bootable CDs is BartPE (sooo slooow) you really must try one of the above mentioned just to learn how flrxible and snappy Linux can be. 

Thanks for the thumbdrive conversion links

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Pokedex1010

Yes!  It worked!  never mind the other comment

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Pokedex1010

I tried to install it, but the thing froze before it even started.  All 5 times!!  Think I should just order a disk or try redownloading the ISO file?

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Bill the clown

I used this process - and it works and was easier setting up the flash drive.  No need for CD and quick and easy -  http://photoblogreview.blogspot.com/2009/01/project-eee-pc-remote-capture-part-3.html

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HeartBurnKid

To be quite frank, if you're reading Maximum PC, you have the skills required to install Ubuntu, even if you don't realize it.  It's a quick and painless process, as OS installs go. If you've ever actually installed Windows XP from scratch, you're overqualified.

 

EDIT: Whoops, that was supposed to be a reply to stevemid

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jb_nc10ubuntu

Nice article… I would like to point out, however,
that I don’t think that running Ubuntu on the Samsung NC10 is
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bbzzdd

Nice article.  Suprisingly, most of the late 2008 netbooks have the a GMA 950 which is more than capable of running the Compiz effect for Ubuntu Desktop without slowdown.

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stevemid

The person who received a netbook for Christmas should not mess around trying to install another operating system.

In your introductory paragraph you say the netbooks are not suited for more intensive applications like gaming or video editing.  Agree.  Then you go on to imply that this problem can be solved by installing a much more versatile linux distribution like Ubuntu.  Disagree!  This is like saying you can't pull a 20 ton trailer with a VW but you might be able to if you swapped in an automatic transmission!  None of the low end netbooks are designed to do gaming or video. And they certainly are not targeted to people who like to fool around with linux distributions!

The basic netbooks (512 MB, 8GB SS drive) are very good at doing what they were designed to do: Web, Office Applications, email, etc. I got the Acer Aspire One for $399. for my 13 year old niece and it is perfect for her.  I also got one for my wife to travel with, as she can drop it in her handbag and stop lugging around an extra laptop bag.  I would suggest that these are the type of users for whom the netbook was designed. Both of them can go a long way with Limpus and in fact they could go a long way and never need to see much of the operating system.  That's the whole idea!

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ubuwalker31

There is absolutely no harm for anyone, including linux n00bs, from trying to install another OS onto their netbook.  Getting a distro like ubuntu-eee or plain ole' ubuntu to work is not usually an issue.  In a worst case scenario, at least with an Asus Eee, the user can factory re-set the notebook back to its original settings.

I use ubuntu on my eee primarily because I want the flexibility of being able to use a modern distro that provides regular security updates.  Not to mention, I find wireless support much better using wicd on Ubuntu, then on the default Xandros. Plus, the community support is so much better. 

The only real disadvantage is that boot up times nearly triple with a vanella Ubuntu OS, rather than the customized OS.

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Devo85x

No matter what its better to mess up a linux distro on a netbook vs a good pc, so i have to agree with ubuwalker31

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anonuser

You should definitelly recommend the unetbootin utility to create live usb's no matter whats your os

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNetbootin

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frumpsnake

With such limited screen real-estate on most netbooks, why wouldn't you want to use virtual desktops?

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Devo85x

Nice to see some stuff for us linux guys lol thanks for not forgetting us guys

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Vadi

Good guide, but you should just use apturl for linking to install apps instead of making user type in 'sudo apt-get install' ;)

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ubuwalker31

...there is nothing wrong with using apt-get.  New users should only being installing packages from trusted repositories anyhow, using add/remove programs or synaptic.  If a new user really needs to download a program from off the internet, and clicks on a .deb file from firefox, ubuntu will automatically install it using debian package installer.  I think apturl is a great program, but asking users to go to appnr.com or other lesser known websites is just asking for trouble.

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