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Lightweight Linux for Netbook

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Lightweight Linux for Netbook

Need suggestion which lightweight Linux Distro would u recommend for Netbook? I have few of them and thinking to install Linux
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My netbook with Atom N270 and 1GB memory runs Lubuntu 32-bit quite well. This netbook can be used for web browsing, youtube streaming and running office apps already included with Lubuntu.

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peekabo wrote: Need suggestion which lightweight Linux Distro would u recommend for Netbook? I have few of them and thinking to install Linux
First question to answer really is not which lightweight distro to pick...but whether the hardware is good for the job required even with a lightweight distro.

So, what do you need it (the netbook) to do?

I still use a Thinkpad X200 from 2008.
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drdtyc wrote: My netbook with Atom N270 and 1GB memory runs Lubuntu 32-bit quite well. This netbook can be used for web browsing, youtube streaming and running office apps already included with Lubuntu.


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does it make any different with 64-bit?
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chatbox wrote: First question to answer really is not which lightweight distro to pick...but whether the hardware is good for the job required even with a lightweight distro.

So, what do you need it (the netbook) to do?

I still use a Thinkpad X200 from 2008.
nothing heavy...like surfing, youtube and email...or setup dns if that is doable
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peekabo wrote: does it make any different with 64-bit?
It is dependent upon the hardware of your netbook. Older CPU of my netbook can run 32-bit Linux only.
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peekabo wrote: nothing heavy...like surfing, youtube and email...or setup dns if that is doable
Doable on my network with Lubuntu
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drdtyc wrote: Doable on my network with Lubuntu
thank you..i will give it a try..

if the netbook accepts windows 10 64-bit, then I guess it will accept Lubuntu 64-bit too right
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peekabo wrote: thank you..i will give it a try..

if the netbook accepts windows 10 64-bit, then I guess it will accept Lubuntu 64-bit too right
Yes, 64-bit is the version for your netbook.
Make a USB drive bootable image of Lubuntu.
Boot it up using this USB drive to test that all hardware of your netbook (e.g. wifi, video, speaker, camera, keyboard, bluetooth, mic etc ) are supported by the Lubuntu version you are testing.
When you are satisified with compatibility, you then install it into your hard drive.
This is the safest approach to adopt.

https://docs.lubuntu.net/lubuntu_installation
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If you can, wait a week or 2, because lubuntu 20.04 LTS is gonna be released.
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elgros4 wrote: If you can, wait a week or 2, because lubuntu 20.04 LTS is gonna be released.
is it better? I know it will be latest..

I am thinking about the old version like 18.0.4.4
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peekabo wrote: is it better? I know it will be latest..

I am thinking about the old version like 18.0.4.4
In general I would choose Ubuntu (on which Lubuntu is based) LTS versions. LTS = Long Term Support of 5 years from the date of release. For example, Ubuntu 19.04 LTS is released in 2019 April and will continue be supported with security updates and bug fixes etc for 5 years until 2024 March.

Variants of Ubuntu e.g. Lubuntu may not have the same duration of 5-year support. You may check out the release notes of Lubuntu 18.0.4.4

https://lubuntu.me/lubuntu-19-04-end-of ... -statuses/
It seems the only supported versions of Lubuntu after Jan 23, 2020 are Lubuntu 18.04 and Lubuntu 19.10.
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drdtyc wrote: In general I would choose Ubuntu (on which Lubuntu is based) LTS versions. LTS = Long Term Support of 5 years from the date of release. For example, Ubuntu 19.04 LTS is released in 2019 April and will continue be supported with security updates and bug fixes etc for 5 years until 2024 March.

Variants of Ubuntu e.g. Lubuntu may not have the same duration of 5-year support. You may check out the release notes of Lubuntu 18.0.4.4

https://lubuntu.me/lubuntu-19-04-end-of ... -statuses/
It seems the only supported versions of Lubuntu after Jan 23, 2020 are Lubuntu 18.04 and Lubuntu 19.10.
my concern is does it make any diff if I install Ubuntu instead of Lubuntu on old netbook?

will Ubuntu slow in startup and take more times?
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peekabo wrote: my concern is does it make any diff if I install Ubuntu instead of Lubuntu on old netbook?

will Ubuntu slow in startup and take more times?
Ubuntu did not run or ran painfully slow on my netbook because Ubuntu is rich in features e.g. eye candies (nice user interface) thus requiring much more computing power and ram space which are beyond the capacity of my netbook. This is why light weight Linux has a niche over full blown Linux for low end computers.

You can certainly make a USB drive with bootable image of Ubuntu and check it out yourself to see if runs with acceptable responding speed. Do test Ubuntu on your network by using the browser to open multiple tabs.

In short, Ubuntu was a no-go on my humble netbook.
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drdtyc wrote: Ubuntu did not run or ran painfully slow on my netbook because Ubuntu is rich in features e.g. eye candies (nice user interface) thus requiring much more computing power and ram space which are beyond the capacity of my netbook. This is why light weight Linux has a niche over full blown Linux for low end computers.

You can certainly make a USB drive with bootable image of Ubuntu and check it out yourself to see if runs with acceptable responding speed. Do test Ubuntu on your network by using the browser to open multiple tabs.

In short, Ubuntu was a no-go on my humble netbook.
so Ubuntu is no-go for netbook in your last line?
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Since you only intend to use if for "... surfing, youtube and email ..."
If you have a preference for ubuntu,
You can select/try the minimal install of ubuntu and disable special effects.
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peekabo wrote: so Ubuntu is no-go for netbook in your last line?
My netbook cannot handle the computing load of Ubuntu.
Yours is different from mine and may have a different outcome.
Perhaps yours is somewhat more modern than mine.
Yours runs Windows 10. Mine ran Windows XP which is several generations behind Windows 10.

Thus I have not generalised to say that Ubuntu is no-go for netbook.
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mr_raider wrote: Mint Debian edition?
LMDE is my favorite distro :) I am currently running LMDE3 (Cinnamon) on a 1gb Asus Aspire One netbook, and it is OK. I think that if this were too 'heavy' I'd try the regular Linux Mint (Ubuntu version) with a 'lighter' desktop (e.g. Mate).

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