Best Os For A Netbook?
Posted 20 November 2009 - 07:32 AM
Posted 20 November 2009 - 03:54 PM
Since my favorite laptops are Toshibas, it highlighted the Toshiba NB205-310. There may be a thread here arguing which is the best brand of Netbook and the best OS for Netbooks.
This site's search feature under reviews heading >>>NOT FORUMS HEADING<<< gives the best results.
Enjoy your new toy.
Posted 05 January 2010 - 12:30 AM
This post has been edited by Gloryatallcost: 05 January 2010 - 12:33 AM
Posted 05 January 2010 - 03:54 AM
I recently picked up an Acer D250 for my wife. It is a fairly typical netbook these days ( Atom 1.6/1GB/160GB/10"). I currently have it running xp (only and I do stress ONLY because of a problem with the wireless card in Linux).
With a default build of XP, this thing had a horrendous boot time (I am talking 2-3 minutes). Then the machine was DOG slow on everything else, no video, no games, nothing. I then started stripping things out to see if I could get it to a smooth operation. After removing the AV, the trialware, etc... it was still SLOW.
I immediately hunted down a couple of the netbook Linux distros.
Ubuntu netbook remix was fairly quick, and seemed responsive I guess... I just could not take the interface.
Moblin was FAST, and I mean 10~15 second boot time fast! It was responsive, I could bounce around, and change tasks just like the desktop! And best of all, the interface seemed like it was meant JUST for these netbooks (which it is btw) it was easy to navigate, and make do what you wanted. It was enough to hook my wife in just minutes... though that might have had more to do with real working video. However, there seems to be a problem with moblin and the Atheros Wifi card Acer used... and with no internet, the netbook was useless.
SO I hunted down a new XP image. And I found a wonderful copy online. An EeePC modified XP. This is the way XP should have been set up in the first place. It is light, fast, responsive, and works. Had it worked this way to start with, this netbook would never have even seen Linux. This thing is used now every day to watch netflix movies, dvd's (we got the external dvd drive with ours), or even WoW... though WoW does have a slight performance issue (10-15fps).
SO, here is the end result. Would I prefer Moblin? Yes, I would - IF everything was supported. Wifi was the only problem in my case... But the interface was so nice, I would take moblin over XP, or even win 7.
BUT you can't argue with 'It just works'. And XP does just that. If you find yourself with a slow netbook, hunt down the EeePC remixed Xp torrent, and enjoy!
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