Operating system for a Netbook

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by mikeypizano, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. mikeypizano macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Pittston PA
    I know that this probably is not the best place to ask about this but I figure I would post this question on a few forums. Here goes.

    I have an Averatec 1020, which is technically a subnotebook but has similar specs to the Asus Eee and other "netbooks".

    The computer has a 10.6" screen at 1280x768 (technically WXGA). The graphics card is an Intel Extreme mobile card with 32MB of memory. This worked when tested with Compiz Fusion on Ubuntu.

    The processor is 1GHZ Celeron M 373 ULV, 100MHZ faster then then Eee PC (353 ULV). There is 512MB of DDR RAM, which I can technically upgrade to 1GB but would require me to take the entire computer apart. So keep that in mind. It has a 60GB hard drive but that is not very important.

    So here is the question I want answered:

    I have it running Ubuntu 8.04 right now, and it is not running so great to me. I want to know what operating system I should run on it. Here are the requirements I need:

    Fast boot and resume, Ubuntu takes forever for me on this computer.
    Good power options, Sleep on lid close, hibernate after 5 minutes of sleep.
    Touchpad drivers that will have scrolling (Windows XP has an issue with that, when I get the drivers from Twinhead, the laptop is a rebrand)
    Touchpad can be set to automatically disable while typing, or similar so I don't bump it when I am trying to type.

    I am leaning towards Windows XP, but I would like to see what everyone else thinks before I reinstall.
  2. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2005
    Manchester UK
    I'd try a minimal Debian install. My old notebook with an AMD 2000+ works really nicely with Debian. I use Blackbox rather than Gnome as well.
  3. mikeypizano thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Pittston PA
    Ended up going back to XP. Guess I am kind of a Windows fanboy. I still need to get a Mac.

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