netbook v. laptop / remix
Amedee Van Gasse (ub)
amedee-ubuntu at amedee.be
Wed Nov 25 09:00:35 UTC 2009
On Tue, November 24, 2009 12:10, Steve Lamb wrote:
>> Question 2. Does anyone have experience with this particular netbook and
>> Ubuntu Netbook remix? Obviously I won't leave windows on it any longer
>> than absolutely necessary.
> I would avoid UNR like the plague. Designed with a netbook's smaller
> screen size in mind means "foisting a stupid launcher on you and forcing
> your apps to go full screen whether you like it or not." Seriously.
> this application called maximus. The sole purpose of that app is to force
> your windows full-screen; even if they are not intended to ever be used
> screen (like some configuration dialogs). There is NO configuring it. NO
> telling it to not run. NO ability to remove it nicely. After an hour or
> of frustration I resorted to chmod 000ing it to get it to stop screwing
> my machine.
> Meanwhile the applications themselves are not modified in any way to
> accommodate the smaller screen. They still waste vertical space by having
> both GNome bars active. Stupid enough on a full-size screen, down right
> criminal on one as small as a netbook's screen. Also the number one thing
> do for browsing, if you use Firefox, is to install the Addon "Compact
> Takes the menu bar and makes it a single icon. Saves vertical space.
> Decidedly absent in UNR. So I see UNR as a whole lot of crap and no real
> Better to go with the normal distribution and tweak to taste.
You should try Crunchbang. This is an Ubuntu flavor with Openbox desktop.
Very lightweight, very useful for a netbook. Requires a little bit of
getting used to if you only know KDE or Gnome.
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