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10 solid Linux distributions for your netbook

May 18, 2009, 15:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Some of these will be "remixes" of popular distributions make specifically for the netbook hardware. Some of them are just the run-of-the-mill distribution that happens to run perfectly on the netbook. I will say that the installation of these distributions is made very simple with the help of Unetbootin. With the help of Unetbootin, you can place any of these distributions on a USB drive for easy installation.

"One word of caution: You can put any distribution on your netbook, but it's not advised. Why? Because of the nature of the netbook, you need to avoid too many writes to the RAM drive and you don't need a swap partition. So you'll want to favor distributions that offer a version specifically for the netbook. You can use a regular distribution, especially if your netbook uses a standard hard drive -- but you may have some problems down the road."

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