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Support => Netbooks => Topic started by: A Future Pilot on June 27, 2012, 03:37:30 pm

Title: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on June 27, 2012, 03:37:30 pm
A list of lightweight/netbook-geared Linux distros. Feel free to let me know of more that I missed! :)

Debian/Ubuntu Based
AntiX (http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page)
Asturix Lite (http://asturix.com/lite/)
Aurora (http://www.auroraos.org/)
Bodhi Linux (http://bodhilinux.com/)
Chrome Linux (http://getchrome.eu/)
CrunchBang Linux (http://crunchbanglinux.org/)
EasyPeasy (http://www.geteasypeasy.com/)
Joli OS (http://www.jolicloud.com/jolios)
Lubuntu (http://lubuntu.net/)
Peppermint OS (http://www.peppermintos.com)
Solus OS (http://solusos.com/)*
Watt OS (Microwatt Edition) (http://planetwatt.com/)
Xubuntu (http://xubuntu.org/)
Zenix OS (http://zenix-os.net/)


Fedora Based
Fuduntu (http://www.fuduntu.org/)
Linpus (http://www.linpus.com/)


Gentoo Based
FlashLinux (http://flashlinux.org.uk/)


Slackware Based
Salix OS (http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.php/Home)
Vector Linux (http://www.vectorlinux.com/)


Independant
Archbang (http://archbang.org/)
Archlinux (http://www.archlinux.org/)
Chromium OS Vanilla (http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/index.php) (also Chromium OS Lime (http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/lime.php))
Damn Small Linux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/)
MacPup (http://macpup.org/)
Meego (https://meego.com/devices/netbook)
Puppy Linux (http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm)
Slitaz (http://www.slitaz.org/)
TinyCore (http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/)


*These distros are slightly more resource-intensive than the others, although they should still work fine on modern netbooks.

These distros are rolling-release.
Title: Re: Netbook Distros
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 27, 2012, 04:34:21 pm
Archbang:
http://archbang.org/ (http://archbang.org/)

Zenix:
http://zenix-os.net/ (http://zenix-os.net/)

SliTaz:
http://www.slitaz.org/ (http://www.slitaz.org/)

Or for a small (256mb) Flash drive .. Flashlinux:
http://flashlinux.org.uk/ (http://flashlinux.org.uk/)
:)

[EDIT]

Aurora:
http://www.auroraos.org/ (http://www.auroraos.org/)

EasyPeasy:
http://www.geteasypeasy.com/ (http://www.geteasypeasy.com/)

Linpus:
http://www.linpus.com/ (http://www.linpus.com/)
Title: Re: Netbook Distros
Post by: A Future Pilot on June 27, 2012, 05:06:00 pm
Updated :)

I also sorted it alphabetically :)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 27, 2012, 05:10:15 pm
Meego is still available too

Meego:
https://meego.com/devices/netbook (https://meego.com/devices/netbook)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on June 27, 2012, 05:13:03 pm
Updated:

Added Meego :)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 27, 2012, 05:14:13 pm
Not to mention ChromiumOS .. in particular the Hexxeh Vanilla and Lime builds:
http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/ (http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/)
and
http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/lime.php (http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/lime.php)

Then there's also the possibility of hacking OS X onto your netbook .. if you're into that.
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on June 27, 2012, 05:19:03 pm
Lol! Great minds think alike...I literally had just added Chromium OS, right before you posted the links ;)

Updated
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 27, 2012, 06:37:23 pm
:)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: SeZo on June 27, 2012, 10:50:16 pm
Salix OS
Tested the LXDE version and runs well.
http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.php/Home (http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.php/Home)

VectorLinux
Hoping to try the LXDE version in the near future
http://www.vectorlinux.com/ (http://www.vectorlinux.com/)

Bodhi Linux
Ubuntu based E17 distro.
Used it for a while (also my daughter taken it on her China trip)
Works well on low resource hardware
http://bodhilinux.com/ (http://bodhilinux.com/)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on June 28, 2012, 01:04:49 am
Updated :)

Thanks SeZo!!
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 29, 2012, 02:37:38 pm
Might not hurt for peoples to suggest their favourite .. Mine is currently Peppermint, which is on my Acer Aspire One (AOA 110L, aka. zg5) :)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: SeZo on June 29, 2012, 03:10:47 pm
OK,
My favorite is ArchBang.
It runs well on my AOA110L (8gb SSD)

Second favorite is CrunchBang
Would have stayed with it but the rolling release of the ArchBang is more appealing

Both extremely light on resources.
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: BkS on June 30, 2012, 06:22:20 pm
My favourite atm, is SolusOS.

http://solusos.com/screenshots/ (http://solusos.com/screenshots/)

It's based on Debian stable, rock solid and superfast.

Current versions use Gnome 2.3, but release 2 which is due soon will use a modified Gnome 3.4 fallback mode. Exciting stuff.

Got my brother using it as a daily OS now, seems to be able to put up with the brute force Ubuntu can't handle. ;D
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 30, 2012, 07:00:53 pm
I take it you've read the title of this topic ? .. Netbook, not Notebook .. I haven't tried SolusOS, but I'm gonna guess if it uses the full gnome desktop it's gonna be too heavy for some/most netbooks ???

Maybe I'm wrong .. what's its memory footprint immediately after booting to the desktop ?



Actually that would be an interesting "project" .. getting the memory footprint of different distros immediately after installing (ie. with the default configuration).

Though I don't suppose even that is a true indicator of perfomance or netbook suitability .. I'd expect distros like SliTaz to appear to have a larger than average memory footprint due to the fact it ALL loads into RAM, yet that will make it seriously quick (once booted).
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: BkS on July 01, 2012, 10:57:35 am
The memory footprint immediately after booting to the desktop is only 220MB, but it ain't that much more than Peppermint, because it isn't the full blown out Gnome desktop, it's been modified to their liking, it's actually pretty groovy. :P

Whilst my brother was running Firefox, on his Fekbook and YouTube it was only using around 400-600MB.
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on July 01, 2012, 12:46:33 pm
If that's including buffers/caches that's not bad :)

But just to be sure .. reboot, and when your desktop settles, open a terminal and post the output from:
Code: [Select]
free -m
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: BkS on July 01, 2012, 01:02:14 pm
Yup! Told you, it's a good alternative to Peppermint. ;D

Just for your piece of mind:

Quote
jason@jason-laptop ~ $ free -m
                    total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          1943        219       1443          0         18            280
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on July 01, 2012, 01:27:36 pm
You didn't post ALL the output ???
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: BkS on July 01, 2012, 02:36:47 pm
The other part of the output is only the swap file...  ???
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: SeZo on July 01, 2012, 03:30:39 pm
Compare that with ArchBang on the AOA110 (wireless enabled)
Quote
$ free -m
                    total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          1501        190       1310          0         19        110
-/+ buffers/cache:       60       1440
Swap:          952          0            952
 

@BkS
You might want to check that line as the used + free should add up to (within 1mb) to total:
Quote
jason@jason-laptop ~ $ free -m
                    total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          1943        219       1443          0         18            280
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: BkS on July 01, 2012, 05:06:27 pm
1mb = 1024 kilobytes.

219+1443 = 1662. ???
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on July 01, 2012, 06:33:45 pm
The other part of the output is only the swap file...  ???

No it isn't .. so post it anyway.
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: BkS on July 01, 2012, 07:02:38 pm
Mem & Swap were the only things listed...

EDIT: Ah wait I see. The "+/- buffers/cache" I thought that was just part of the Mem part. My bad. :)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8003/7480716292_9164d873f1_z_d.jpg)

Larger photo: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8003/7480716292_9164d873f1_b_d.jpg (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8003/7480716292_9164d873f1_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on July 01, 2012, 09:18:49 pm
No it's not .. the figure in red is what we were after:

Quote
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          1498        273       1224          0         41        136
-/+ buffers/cache:         95       1402
Swap:          497          0        497

Which shows memory usage, not including buffers/caches.

The above is my Peppermint netbook .. I think it's 93MB by default .. I've added a few things at boot.

(Wireless enabled, and 3 active VPN tunnels)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: BkS on July 01, 2012, 09:31:24 pm
Ah, well like I said.. it's around 220Mb. :)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on July 01, 2012, 09:37:29 pm
I think without some extra RAM that might be stretching a lower spec netbook .. including caches/buffers it would already be swapping out on a standard AA1 with only 512NB .. but it would be interesting to try it I suppose.
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on July 02, 2012, 03:02:12 am
I added it with a caveat...are there any others on that list that I should add an asterisk to as well?
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on July 02, 2012, 09:48:51 pm
AntiX:
http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page (http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page)
here's the wiki
http://linux.wikia.com/wiki/AntiX (http://linux.wikia.com/wiki/AntiX)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on July 06, 2012, 01:19:36 pm
Asturix lite:
http://asturix.com/lite/ (http://asturix.com/lite/)

System requirements (according to their website):
Recommended = 128MB RAM, 5GB HDD space
Minimum = 40MB RAM, 2GB HDD space.

Can't say I've tried it (or Asturix 'full'), but I'll probably take a looksee at some point :)

According to Distrowatch the FULL version is based on Ubuntu, but uses its own desktop "Asturix On" .. previous versions used GNOME/KDE.

Distrowatch page for the full version (not the 'Lite' version) here:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=asturix (http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=asturix)

Doesn't seem to much info available for the 'Lite' version .. but that's a small system resource footprint so should probably be in your list :)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on July 17, 2012, 04:48:46 pm
Updated the list (finally) lol :)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: greenian2 on October 01, 2012, 05:56:44 pm
i've got vectorlinux running on a acer aspireone  (the 8gb ssd 512meg one ) runs fine
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: mako6 on October 03, 2012, 02:32:01 am
[user@localhost ~]$ free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          1508       1273        234          0         20        543
-/+ buffers/cache:        709        798
Swap:         1027          0       1027

Wow, so even with 15 tabs open on FF, writer, terminal, pdf reader, I'm only using half the memory? No, really the buffers and caches are on the RAM, right,
or on the SSD? If on SSD why add them to RAM mem?
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on October 03, 2012, 03:40:13 am
OK, you're using 1273  of 1508 leaving 234 free.

But if you DON'T include buffers/cache (stuff that's been cached into RAM to make your system quicker) your OS and software are only using 709

But if that's from a cold boot to the desktop, and without starting any applications .. that's quite high, specially for Peppermint or I'd expect Linpus.
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on March 11, 2013, 09:56:43 pm
I've added which distros are rolling-release. Are there any others that are also rolling-release?
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on March 11, 2013, 10:34:24 pm
All of them can have a rolling release if on a CDROM ;)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on March 11, 2013, 11:18:08 pm
Lol!! I see what you did there ;)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: SeZo on March 12, 2013, 11:04:58 pm
I might be wrong but I do not think Crunchbang is a rolling release. :-\
That was my main reason to move from Crunchbang to Archbang
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on March 13, 2013, 02:56:41 am
Ah quite right. I was confused...I'll edit that :)
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: A Future Pilot on June 01, 2013, 02:31:07 pm
So...have there been any developments in the world of netbook/old hardware Linux recently? I know Peppermint 4 should be out sometime in the next 2 weeks (right? right?? ;) ) but other than that is there anything new happening?

Doing some looking around it seems that a lot of the netbook-specific distros have kind of died off, with the exception of the !bangs and Peppermint.
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: SeZo on June 01, 2013, 02:44:10 pm
Quote
So...have there been any developments in the world of netbook/old hardware Linux recently?

Not much changed. Fuduntu gone way of the Dodo.

I have replaced ArchBang on my AA1 with Debian Wheezy LXDE. No problems to report.
Everything works OTB.
I would say just stick with any distro with Openbox or LXDE desktop enviroment an you are good to go.
You get a decent performance on a small(ish) footprint. No need for netbook specific distros any more.
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on June 02, 2013, 12:27:20 am
I'm with SeZo .. I'm not really sure there ever was a need for "netbook" distro's .. just pick a distro with a light desktop and you'll be fine.

If Unity/Gnome3 did us any favours, it's that there are more distros around offering alternative (and usually lighter) desktop environments by default, and/or the ones that already existed are getting more coverage.

So in a way there may be MORE distros around that are suited to netbooks, they're just less likely to be labelled as "netbook specific".
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: TonyB on November 17, 2013, 08:06:09 pm
Just a quick update if anybody here is interested...
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on November 17, 2013, 08:20:01 pm
Yeah, Ikey pulled the plug on it, but he's continuing in FOSS and is in the middle of creating a media player called Budgie.
http://ikeydoherty.github.io/budgie/
Title: Re: Netbook Distro List
Post by: chemicalfan on November 18, 2013, 02:41:33 pm
Distrowatch did a review of Point Linux last week - it's based on Debian Stable, running Mate. Light RAM usage, and really quick apparently. Should suit netbooks (although I haven't tried it myself). Worth stating that the next Debian will probably run Xfce, so although it's a couple of years away, will be worth keeping an eye on.
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