EEE PC distros unsupported

I own an EEE PC X101

I’m really keen to move to Linux, I want to use Open Office and dropbox on and offline with the occasional light internet browsing. It doesn’t seem to much to ask… but every tim i find a distro I like it’s support/updates have always been discontinued

Saduki looked good and Crunchbang also seemed intriguing. And from what I’ve read many other variants are no longer supporting their netbook friendly variants. Those that are still supported have reported issues with basics like trackpad or Wifi.

I have time and patience but I’m low on cash so i want a low resource distro which won’t sap my crummy battery. Otherwise I’ll have o stick with increasingly slow Win7 and just throw more DDR memory at the problem…

Hi neon_suntan, and welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

One word for you … Peppermint :wink:

Runs quite happily (and quickly) on an Acer Aspire One (8GB SSD 512MB RAM Intel N270), so should be happy on your system.

It’s (Peppermint 3) based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS so not only will it be supported for 4 years yet, it also has easy access to all the latest software, but uses the LXDE desktop environment so is much lighter and quicker than full blown Ubuntu.

You can check out the installation instructions for an Acer Aspire One here:

Obviously you may need to skip the Aspire One specific stuff such as stages 8,9,and 10

and in stage 11 the last command would need changing to:

sudo apt-get install jupiter-support-eee

Up to you :wink:

Peppermint OS does look intriguing with it’s focus on a browsing interface!

Peppermint is a “cloud hybrid” distro … basically it’s Ubuntu 12.04 with the LXDE desktop and all the cruft ripped out.

Default setup is pretty much all web apps (that run in their own windows, so look like local apps) … but there’s nothing stopping you from installing local apps such as OpenOffice/LibreOffice etc. … as it uses the Ubuntu repos they’re all available in the software centre (or Synaptic) for easy installation.

Dropbox is installed by default.

I like it as a starting point for installing what YOU want :slight_smile:

Why not bung it on a LiveUSB and take a look … obviously it will be quite a bit slower on a USB stick, but you can get a feel for it.

I have a Acer Aspire One with ancient Linpus- with a new 6 cell battery was getting 4 hours, but after overcharging and using it for a while, that dropped to 3-3 1/2. After I installed Peppermint3, I was getting 4 1/2 hours!!! And with Marks tutorial, everything worked but on-board microphone (which was balky before too).

So you’re actually getting better battery life with Peppermint (over Linpus) ?

Is that with the Jupiter power manager ?

I never really tested them against each other for battery life … my batteries are screwed anyway … so it’s interesting info :slight_smile: