[TriLUG] Netbook

Tom Eisenmenger teisenmenger at charter.net
Fri Oct 22 07:09:53 EDT 2010

Ubuntu Remix 10.10 is apparently heavily revised from previous versions: 
http://www.linux-netbook.com/video/a-closer-look-at-ubuntu-unity.  The 
jury's still out as to whether it is an improvement or not over the previous 

System76 offers Linux exclusively and has a couple of netbook models to 
offer:  http://www.system76.com/index.php?cPath=28  Their prices seem to be 
comparable to "standard" netbooks, however without much in the way of cost 
savings by ditching the MS tax.


From: "Matt Flyer" <matt at noway2.thruhere.net>
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2010 5:18 AM
To: "Triangle Linux Users Group General Discussion" <trilug at trilug.org>
Subject: Re: [TriLUG] Netbook

> There was a thread on tek-tips.com a few months back on this subject
> here: http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=1560269.
> In addition to the usual pricing discussion, there is one thing that I
> would like to add from personal experience.  By default, it would
> probably have what is called the netbook remix.  After purchasing a
> netbook (Acer) for my wife, which came with win 7, I dual booted it with
> the Ubuntu netbook edition.  It seems to be optimized for the small
> display and it may be compiled to be a little more 'light weight' in
> terms of processing.  Personally, I found it to be annoying to use as I
> thought it felt highly menu driven and I always felt like I was fighting
> the machine to do what I wanted it to do.  I dumped the netbook edition
> and put afull copy of 10.04 on it, which seems to run perfectly and has
> been running since May.  It runs a little slower than a conventional
> laptop or desktop and some applications, ones that requires a lot of
> number crunching, are noticeably slower, but overall I don't have any
> complaints with it.
> I did take advantage of the USB boot to try out a "live CD" since it
> doesn't have an optical drive built in.  You might want to try this
> first.  You may even be able to pull that one off at the store on the
> demo.
> On Fri, 2010-10-22 at 00:22 -0400, Joseph Tate wrote:
>> I think you're out of luck, Microsoft's monopoly enabled predatory
>> pricing has driven Linux out of the market.  Microsoft priced XP Home
>> at $10/machine, and for that price premium, nobody bought the slightly
>> lower priced Linux versions.  You can still order them from HP and
>> probably Dell, but otherwise you're paying the Microsoft tax.  I
>> looked at TigerDirect.com to see if they might have some refurbs
>> still, but I was unsuccessful.
>> http://www.linux-netbook.com/ may direct you to better search terms.
>> On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 10:50 PM, Henry Middleton <hm1315 at gmail.com> 
>> wrote:
>> > Is there a local vendor where I can get a netbook with Ubuntu 
>> > pre-installed?
>> > I want it pre-installed so that:
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