Lightweight netbook distros

Art Edwards edwardsa at
Thu Jan 5 03:37:13 UTC 2012

On 01/04/2012 06:50 PM, Liam Proven wrote:
> Are any of the netbook remixes still being updated?
> I've put the 12.04 alpha on my Acer Aspire One (512MB, 8GB SSD).
> After updating, it's 100% functional - but dog-slow. Unity works fine
> and fits the small (1024*600) screen nicely. But it takes 1-2min to
> boot, LibreOffice Writer takes 1-2 to start, the Soiftware Centre
> takes 2-3min and so on.
> All the remixes I knew of 2-3y ago seem to be dead and haven't updated
> since 10.04 if you're lucky: EasyPeasy (ex Ubuntu-EEE), Aurora (ex
> Eeebuntu), gOS (dead), Leeenux, etc.
> Is there anything current, as full Ubuntu is now too much for such an
> old, low-spec machine.
> It's a shame as Unity is the ideal desktop for it. I don't really want
> a "full" desktop environment such as GNOME or KDE, just a lightweight
> app-launcher.
I just put natty on an acer 1 for my son. It runs really well.  Under
maverick, not so well. maverick didn't recognize wifi, but natty did. Im
not running unity so I don't know about that but gnome 2 works beautifully.

Art Edwards

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