Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Sat 7th Mar 2009 18:08 UTC
Google It's not very surprising as we've all speculated a full-fledged Google OS for years, then Google's mobile OS hit the phone market, and now we've seen it (Android, of course) already installed and working dutifully on netbooks. It's not rock-solid, but Google's CEO has hinted that there'll be subsidized, Android-powered netbooks backed by Google or its partners arriving to the netbook scene soon.
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RE[2]: No thanks
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 8th Mar 2009 04:40 UTC in reply to "RE: No thanks"
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Xandros shipped by default in EEE's is not far from "crappy niche OS", but luckily it's quite easy to replace w/ Ubuntu. I'd imagine Android will also be ejected quite rapidly by power users, unless the devices are locked down on hw level.

Ubuntu is quite nice, but it's pretty... well, heavy. Sure, daemons can be disabled, but I'm still not sure if after doing so it'd be as responsive as its parent. Debian is lighter by default, but what I'd like to try out some day when I get a netbook is Slackware or one of its derivatives. Netbooks typically don't have much power, and Slack-based distros tend to be some of the fastest and lightest around, so it sounds like it'd be the perfect match. ;)

Arch would be another good one, but I've never had much luck setting up a desktop Arch system, mostly due to the X.org configuration. Has anyone installed the latest Arch? Is its X.org auto-configuration any better? Maybe it's about time I try a new reinstall of the distro myself...

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RE[3]: No thanks
by vivainio on Sun 8th Mar 2009 08:32 in reply to "RE[2]: No thanks"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


Ubuntu is quite nice, but it's pretty... well, heavy. Sure, daemons can be disabled, but I'm still not sure if after doing so it'd be as responsive as its parent.


Performance is mostly dictated by what you programs you are running, not what distro you are using. I noted a huge performance increase on my eee 900 when I switched from gnome to xfce, probably due to memory footprint. I mostly only use the browser anyway, so I don't need full gnome as a glorified firefox launcher.

Xandros core was actually well implemented, and wlan worked great on it; too bad the apt repos sucked.

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RE[4]: No thanks
by B. Janssen on Sun 8th Mar 2009 13:13 in reply to "RE[3]: No thanks"
B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

I mostly only use the browser anyway, so I don't need full gnome as a glorified firefox launcher.


Then you don't need XFCE either. Just use a baremetal WM, e. g. twm, launch FF from .xinitrc (.xsession for Debian and spin-offs users) and a mini-cli, such as gmrun. More than you will ever need ;)

Anyway, Android netbooks, why not? Coupled with one of those nifty Freescale minibooks it could be cool.

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