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Best Linux distro for a Netbook?


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Hi guys!

What do you think the best Linux distro is for an Acer Aspire One (Intel Atom, 512MB RAM, 8GB SSD), and why? I have Ubuntu 9.04 on there now, but I was wondering if there was a better one, maybe one slightly faster. I'm thinking of giving the Ubuntu Netbook Remix a shot.

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Arch Linux. You can get custom kernels that are made for your specific netbook that make it perform great, even with low specs. And because Arch is so minimal and you only install what you need you don't have to really worry about your 512mb memory restrictions.

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@dr0p

I have a archlinux live cd that could be of use to you. Link here.

It has xfce for desktop. There is a installer and unetbootin on iso too. You can also use powertop to find how much power is being used.

It has some of the hak5 tools in the iso too. :D

here is a list of some of the tools you may like:

aesfix

aeskeyfind

airpwn

asleap

bcwipe

cowpatty

amap

aircrack-ng

john

dsniff

Recovery tools:

ddrescue

testdisk

foremost

autopsy

magicrescue

I figure this tools would be good enough to have on a livecd for recovery reasons.

Hope this helps.

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I have run almost every distro that you can imagine (aside from the non-mainstream ones) and I would reccomend either the Ubuntu NetBook Remix or Arch Linux. The Ubuntu NetBook Remix is great because it is designed for the netbooks, and you don't get the problem (as much) of the application window being too big and not being able to click any of the buttons (which will make you VERY angry after a while). And I guess the big thing for Arch for me was the speed. Because you only install what you need, you don't have a bunch of useless crap running on it, especially on startup (although im sure the NetBook remix is quite less bloated than it's desktop counterpart). I would really recommend whatever you feel the most comfortable with. If you are used to running Ubuntu or its derivatives on your desktop or other laptop, use it, if you don't really care, find one you like. I've gone through about 20 different distributions on my AA1, and I am gonna stick with the Ubuntu NetBook remix I think.

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@dr0p

I have a archlinux live cd that could be of use to you. Link here.

It has xfce for desktop. There is a installer and unetbootin on iso too. You can also use powertop to find how much power is being used.

It has some of the hak5 tools in the iso too. :D

here is a list of some of the tools you may like:

aesfix

aeskeyfind

airpwn

asleap

bcwipe

cowpatty

amap

aircrack-ng

john

dsniff

Recovery tools:

ddrescue

testdisk

foremost

autopsy

magicrescue

I figure this tools would be good enough to have on a livecd for recovery reasons.

Hope this helps.

I dont need Hak5 tools on the netbook, I'm just configuring it for a friend.

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Netbook remix is okay, not a fan of that launcher thingy. Just straight ubuntu works pretty well. I've not had too many issues with window sizes, you'll get the same thing with remix. You could try fluxbuntu, which has a lighter weight window manager. There's also the intel moblin, which I though was pretty slick, but didn't support my eee 701 very well.

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