Easy Linux installation for a net book.

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  1. Loki525

    Loki525 New Member

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    I have an older net book running XP and I'd like to install a version of Linux on it it. I've made several attempts with Mint and Ubuntu without success. Is there a distro around that is useful and easy to load? I'm not a geek and a lot of the written instructions and resources seem to be written in a foreign language and are largely indecipherable at least to me. Is there anything around that can easily be installed from a USB drive without too much trouble? I've been using computers for 30 years and I'm having a difficult time seeing Linux as a viable alternative to other operating systems when it still remains so arcane.

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    arochester Well-Known Member

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  3. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Puppy Linux works well on older systems.
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    TuxBorg New Member

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    Lubuntu could be a good choice, too http://www.lubuntu.net/
    It's a light Ubuntu.....with LXDE as desktop environment.
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    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I strongly agree with TuxBorg.
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    ChrisW New Member

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    I have put an ISO of Hexxeh's Chromium OS onto an 8GB sd card and booted it from my netbook. I have ~512mb of ram, an atom processor (1.66 ghz) and some sort of integrated GPU. It works perfectly fine, and if left in the device will usually remember you. Try that, as it's a fairly lightweight distro that'll boot off of usb, if you still want windows for it's capability to play netflix on silverlight. no netflix on that build, though. Try it, It's pretty neat and boots really fast.
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    I would recommend Slax. It is easy to use and if you want it really easy, you can even buy a flash drive from their site with Slax pre-installed.

    http://www.slax.org/
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    ChrisW New Member

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    If you're looking for a tiny distro, I've had my eye on Tiny Core Linux after I've sorted out a problem with AV Linux on another PC

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