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Revealed: the best Linux distro for your netbook

May 12, 2009, 18:33 (1 Talkback[s])

"The main attractions of Puppy Linux are its small size and suitability for live CD or USB stick booting – both great qualities for a netbook distro. In fact, it even runs well from a USB stick, so if you don't want to change distros permanently, you can keep it around for occasional use.

"Pupeee is the Eee PC-specific version of the distro, which should also be suitable for other netbooks. However, Pupeee won't work on the Eee PC 901, so try its parent distro, Puppy, if you have a 901. With Pupeee taking up a svelte 131MB, and regular Puppy consuming even less space, this means that you can make the best possible use of the small storage space of your netbook.

"Another advantage is the distro's ability to run entirely from RAM, reducing the number of writes required to your solidstate drive and hence extending its life. Yet despite taking up so little room, Pupeee has plenty of software available by default and a clearly organised menu to find it all. The desktop is pretty plain, but on a small screen that works well."

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