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[News] EeeXubuntu Named Best Distribution for Sub-notebooks

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Group test: netbook distros

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| Our choice: EeeXubuntu
| [...]
| Pupeee very nearly beat it to the top spot: it’s a great, small distro, with 
| a lot packed into it. Unfortunately, the WEP problems meant that it just 
| slipped below EeeXubuntu in the practical usability stakes. It also lacks the 
| range of software that EeeXubuntu has available, even if it can cover the 
| basics well. It’s worth noting that Pupeee can easily be run from a Live USB 
| key so you could combine the advantages of both distros; all you need to do 
| is mount your regular home directory after you’ve booted and saved files 
| there. There’s scope for saving data between sessions in a special Pupeee 
| file and it will automatically pick this file up again the next time you 
| boot.         
| Meanwhile, gOS has far and away the best eye candy of the distros tested 
| here, and the online integration is great if you’re certain that you’re going 
| to have decent network access. It is, however, a little slow and would need 
| streamlining before we’d use it regularly.   
| Finally, the lack of current packages for Xandros and its dependency on an 
| irritating filesystem setup make it the clear loser of the four, although it 
| does have an initial functionality edge over EeeXubuntu and gOS.  



Why Linux Will Crush Windows 7 on Netbooks

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| Linux versions of netbooks are already doing quite well and if Microsoft
| shoots itself in the foot by crippling its OS, the question becomes less
| about choosing between Windows and Linux and more about choosing between
| crippled and “just works.”


Hands on: Running Windows 7 on a netbook

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| Performance wasn't the only problem I came across. For example, I was unable
| to perform two network-related tasks at once. For example, if I copied a file
| from a network server or watched a YouTube video, life was fine. But if I
| tried to do both things at once, I ended up with a frozen system.
| [...]
| I experienced several difficulties running popular applications on the Dell
| Mini 9. Windows 7's built-in applications, such as Media Center, felt slow to
| respond. Other apps behaved sluggishly as well. For example, Microsoft Word
| 2003 took 27 seconds to launch on the Mini 9; it took only 11 seconds on the
| HP EliteBook 2530p.
| Some problems, such as abrupt slowdowns when trying to run Microsoft Office
| 2003, Office 2007 and Quicken 2008, were clearly caused by memory problems.
| There simply wasn't enough RAM to run them effectively. When I tried to run
| two or more major applications at the same time, the performance dropped from
| merely miserable to "Is this thing still on?"
| [...]
| If you must have Windows on a netbook, XP Home SP3 is still the better choice
| over Windows 7 -- at least, for now. And, even though Microsoft is doing its
| best to kill off XP, it looks like the PC makers aren't going to let
| Microsoft put XP out to pasture after all.

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