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Five Best Linux Netbook OSes - for Now

May 14, 2010, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"Tired of Windows 7 Starter Edition? Ready to boot XP off the netbook? Linux runs particularly well on Netbooks, but it might be hard to choose which flavor is best for your right now. Not sure what's out there? We've lined up the five best Linux netbook OSes for your mobile computing pleasure.

"What makes a distro one of the best choices for netbooks? It has to be easy to install, support netbook hardware relatively well, and should offer an interface that's well-suited for netbooks. Not every distro will support all hardware out of the box, but some distros are better than others at handling a wide range of hardware. Also, it has to be free to download and easy to get.

"Some notable efforts didn't make the cut because they're not far enough along just yet. For example, I would have liked to pick a Moblin-based project like the openSUSE Goblin effort — but it's not quite ready for widespread release. When it's ready I think it will be fantastic"

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