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Which Linux best for a netbook?


Digital

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I have an "empty" HP Mini 210 netbook, ie. no OS in it. I'd like to put a version of Linux in it but need advice as to the simplest/easiest distro to use & is it possible to load one from a USB key?

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bluesbrother

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Universal USB Installer will install linux on to a usb for you

As to the best one to choose for a netbook, I don't know.

My personal fav flavour (at the moment) is mint

I would suggest running a few from the usb drive before deciding which one to install on the netbook.

There's plenty to choose from.

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bluesbrother

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There was meant to be a link to Universal USB Installer and Linux mint in there but it seems the spam gaurd is at full strength tonight.

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bluesbrother

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Pity they don't protect from bad spelling

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LastChip

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I would probably go for Puppy Linux on that machine, as although the latest distros would run, they may be a little sluggish by comparison.

It depends whether you're happy to give up a little speed for a leading edge Debian based distro like Ubuntu or Linux Mint, or whether you'd prefer the speed.

Certainly if you want a distro similar in appearance to Windows, go for Mint (Mate version). It really is a superb distro now.

If you'd prefer to try something completely different, go for Ubuntu. But be prepared for a learning curve on a par with Windows 8, as it's really designed for touch screens and in my opinion, is far from intuitive.

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Digital

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Thanks both of you. I'll try both Mint & Puppy via the USB drive as suggested before installing.

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Digital

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Thanks both of you. I'll try both Mint & Puppy via the USB drive as suggested before installing.

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