Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 4th Mar 2009 23:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems To add to the amounting anecdotes of late, another Acer Aspire One review appears. Not to be confused with Thom's or Eugenia's, which were different models, this review concentrates on the ZG5 version of the Acer Aspire One and how well Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu 8.10, and Moblin 2 run on it, particularly in the everyday-netbooker's sense of functionality with word processing and Internet applications. Read on to get the full scoop on the One and these selected systems.
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RE: Satisfied with Ubuntu
by lemur2 on Thu 5th Mar 2009 02:00 UTC in reply to "Satisfied with Ubuntu"
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Finally, I'd really recommend that Linux netbook users steer clear of Gnome and KDE. Lighter weight DEs are far more suited to these machines and give a very different impression of their speed and stability. I'm using e17 but even Xfce is a marked improvement over Gnome.

KDE 4.2 on Kubuntu Jaunty is quite fast enough to run on a netbook. It has acquired quite a speed boost since Hardy and Interpid. I know this because I run it. Wait for Jaunty to come out though before trying KDE on a netbook, because versions earlier than Jaunty may disappoint.

My own policy for running KDE on a netbook involves sticking strictly to GTK applications plus KDE4 applications. I think perhaps this is the real trick. Avoid KDE3 applications and GNOME applications and especially Mono applications in the mix, as installing and running these will all add extra libraries, eat up RAM, and generally slow things down.

I can't accurately speak for the default GNOME desktop in Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04, because I ahven't tried it, but I do believe that it ships by default with Mono libraries, which I would speculate might be a bit heavy going.

Edited 2009-03-05 02:02 UTC

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