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#1 User is offline   doslover 

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 07:32 AM

I'm considering the purchase of a netbook PC with a 10" screen and 1Mb ram for under $400 to use strictly for internet activities when travelling. I already have a heavy and bulky laptop with a 15" screen and 4Gb ram that is running Win 7 home premium, and only gets a little over an hour's use on battery power. The netbook should be easy to carry and not require use of the AC adapter due to much longer battery run time. The question I have is what is the best OS for the netbook: Linux, Win XP home or Win 7 Starter?
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 03:54 PM

The best info I have read suggests Win XP There is a good review article here that compares various netbooks by brand. Search on your favorite brand+netbook. A selection menu allows you to see your preferred brand and links in the article lead you to the recommended OS for that brand and allow you to see what the manufacturer has favored.

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.
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 12:30 AM

i just bought me and my husband netbooks for xmas. after checking several names and specs i went with the HP110. it runs 7 starter and it can be upgraded to full version as i understand it. i'm kinda in the playing around and seeing what that OS does and so far it's okay. if i can upgrade to full version then i am going to. i like being able to customize my desktop and i can't with the starter, but so far that is the only thing that doesn't seem "right" lol. i feel like i'm missing out on some important features with just a "starter". i get the impression win 7 is basically an upgrade of vista or a version of win 7. the best part of getting a new pc is the hunt, so have fun :)

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 03:54 AM

A lot of it depends on your definition of 'best'.

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.
sooo...
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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Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:16 AM

I would personally suggest Windows XP.There is a good review article here that compares various netbooks by brand.
Thanks. :unsure:
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