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Top 15 Linux Distributions for Netbooks

August 25th, 2009 | by admin |

As all of us know that a netbook has very limited resources therefore running windows vista or windows 7 on a netbook is not really a great idea.Although Windows XP can run much better in netbook but if we compare the linux Distributions for Netbooks available (e.g. Ubuntu netbook remix) with windows xp.Then Linux surely beats windows.

Before installing any linux flavor on your netbook you should do some research on the linux distros available.Check out there system requirements as well as their features too.After searching for some hours i have compilled a list of some linux distributions which are customized for netbook and give awesome performance with limited netbook resources.

1) Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix, the most feature-rich open platform for netbooks, debuts as a simple download for most popular netbook models .Ubuntu Netbook Remix is optimised to run on a new category of affordable Internet-centric devices called netbooks. It includes a new consumer-friendly interface that allows users to quickly and easily get on-line and use their favourite applications. This interface is optimised for a retail sales environment.

Download : Ubuntu Netbook Remix

2) Linpus Lite

The new version of Linpus Linux Lite takes the user experience to the next level: our live desktop gives live and instant access to recent and favorite websites, communication tools, applications and multimedia; it adds cutting edge clutter 3D technology allowing more vivid graphics and simulation of real world movement and physicality: actions, instructions, and places are easier to remember and more fun; and it has integrated all the key features and benefits of Moblin V2 with an additional Intel UX user version

Download : Linpus Lite

3) Mandriva Linux One

Mandriva Linux One is the best way to test, install and switch to Linux thanks to Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring.A full Linux operating system on a single CD for both new and experienced Linux users, it is fast to download and install, and also safe to try with a live mode.
Install Mandriva One in a few clics and get a complete desktop with full hardware support.

Download : Mandriva Linux One

4) gOS

gOS has been praised for being the most beautiful and easiest to use Linux operating system on the market. Now with our third and best version of gOS, we have carried on our effort to create a Linux for the rest of us.

Download : gOS

5) Slax

Slax is a modern, portable, small and fast Linux operating system with a modular approach and outstanding design. Despite its small size, Slax provides a wide collection of pre-installed software for daily use, including a well organized graphical user interface and useful recovery tools for system administrators.

Download : Slax

6) Linux Mint 7

Based on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, Linux 2.6.28, Gnome 2.26 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the Open Source World.mintMenu lets you filter the list of applications to quickly access what you’re looking for. A new feature called “Suggestions” was introduced in Linux Mint 7: When filtering gives no results the menu now shows a set of suggestions related to what is being searched.

Download : Linux Mint 7

7) Eeebuntu NBR Edition

With over 80,000 downloads to date, Eeebuntu Standard contains everything you need to get working and playing on your EeePC from the beginning. It includes a full suite of internet applications, including Firefox for browsing, Pidgin for IM chat, and Thunderbird for mail. For work, a full suite of OpenOffice applications; Database, Presentation, Spreadsheet and Word – all Microsoft Office compatible; and a selection of multimedia applications: VLC for watching movies and Banshee for listening to music. You even have support for your iPod with gtkpod!

Download : Eeebuntu NBR Edition

8) Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks

The Moblin steering committee is happy to release the Moblin v2.0 beta for netbooks and nettops for developer testing. With this release, developers can begin to experience and work with the source code of the visually rich, interactive user interface designed for Intel Atom based netbooks. The Moblin v2.0 user experience has been designed from the ground up to provide unique ways to engage with the internet, aggregate your social networking activity, and enjoy your media content. The new user experience and core applications were developed using the Clutter animation framework, leveraging heavily from GL and the physics engine.

Download : Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks

9) Jolicloud

Jolicloud is an Internet operating system.It combines the two driving forces of the modern computing industry: the open source and the open web.
Jolicloud transforms your netbook into a sophisticated web device that taps into the cloud to expand your computing possibilities. The web already hosts a significant part of our lives: mails, photos, videos, and friends are already somewhere online. Jolicloud was built to make the computer and web part of the same experience.

Download : Jolicloud

10) Kuki Linux

Kuki Linux is a lightweight Ubuntu-based Linux distribution founded by João Ferro  (leak), built to be a replacement for the Linpus Lite distribution on the Acer Aspire One.

João’s goal for Kuki Linux are :

Out of the box working system

Fast boot and low usage on SSD / HDD

Light and fully working programs for most common daily tasks.

Download : Kuki Linux

11) Puppy Linux

Puppy Linux is an operating system for computers. Other well-known operating systems are Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX, and MS-DOS. Puppy Linux is based on GNU/Linux. It is completely free and open source software.

Download : Puppy Linux

12) Xandros

Xandros Desktop Professional is a complete, full-featured Linux desktop operating system and application suite for your business. Enjoy the ease of use, security, stability and maintainability that Linux brings to your PCs.
It’s a familiar Windows-like desktop and application suite that’s easy to install, use and maintain-even in mixed Windows/Xandros Linux environments. Many excellent applications are included to support your digital lifestyle at work and play.

Download : Xandros

13) Foresight Linux

Foresight Linux is a desktop operating system featuring an intuitive user interface and a showcase of the latest desktop software, giving users convenient and enjoyable access to their music, photos, videos, documents, and Internet resources.

As a Linux distribution, Foresight sets itself apart by eliminating the need for the user to be familiar with Linux, combining a user-focused desktop environment on top of Conary. As the most technically innovative software management system available today, Conary ensures that users can efficiently search, install, and manage all the software on the Foresight system, including bringing in the latest features and fixes without waiting for a major release.

Download : Foresight Linux

14) OpenGEU

OpenGEU, previously known as Geubuntu, is a complete and fully functional Operative System based on the popular Linux Distribution Ubuntu. OpenGEU, a project started and designed by the Italian artist Luca D.M. (aka TheDarkMaster), is perfect for any Desktop, Laptop PC or even for a Virtual Machine. OpenGEU mixes the power and simplicity of Ubuntu and parts of the Gnome Desktop with the wonder and astonishing eye-candy of Enlightenment DR17.

Download : OpenGEU

15) CrunchEee

This release candidate of CrunchEee is similar to the “lite” edition of CrunchBang, but for the inclusion of additional Internet applications. Here is a list of features/installed software:

* repository enabled with 2.6.27-8-eeepc-lean Kernel installed by default.
*      Modified default theme with smaller fonts.
*      Terminator terminal.
*      Firefox web browser.
*      PCMan File Manager with HAL automounting enabled.
*      Leafpad text editor.
*      VLC media player.
*      Claws Mail email client.
*      Liferea feed reader.
*      gFTP file tranfer client.
*      Transmission BitTorrent client.
*      Skype VoIP client.
*      XChat Internet Relay Chat client.
*      gPodder podcast catcher.
*      Pidgin instant messenger.
*      Gwibber microblogging client.
*      Various tools and utilities, such File Roller, Evince PDF viewer, etc.

Download : CrunchEee

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    15 Responses to “Top 15 Linux Distributions for Netbooks”

  1. By उन्मुक्त on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    How can I find out as to which one supports Hindi?

  2. By ravindukelum on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    Great Post

  3. By Aaron on Aug 31, 2009 | Reply

    I tried Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix on my mom’s netbook using a flash drive and I absolutely loved it. When I get a netbook I am definitely going that route. What I find funny is that this article states that installing Windows 7 on a netbook is a bad idea because I always heard otherwise; that it would be much lighter than Vista, making it possible to run on a netbook effectively. I recently read a blog entry of someone who did install WIndows 7 on his netbook and it was pleasantly surprised how well it ran. That blog entry can be read here:

  4. By admin on Sep 3, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with your POV that windows 7 can run much better as compare to windows vista on netbooks but i found these linux flavors much faster then windows 7 on netbooks.

  5. By hcg wholesale on Apr 18, 2010 | Reply

    linux is nice but i find windows really better than linux.

  6. By Wholesale hcg on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I have tried to find good reasons to use Linux but only having a few small businesses we still tend to use Microsoft more than any other program

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