[clug] Looking for a netbook
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Tue Aug 11 21:47:11 MDT 2009
2009/8/11 Ian McLeod <ianmcleod75 at gmail.com>:
> We're looking for a netbook - for once in my life my wish actually
> complements the main goal - to save money - i.e. have Linux. My wife is,
> naturally, happy with that idea. It's for the both of us to float around he
> house for net use or whatever, and for travel.
I wasn't going to give my 2 cents on this matter, but there are a few
things that I can convey after using an EeePC myself.
1) If you're going for a light portable machine that will last for a
long time, then get something with a 6 cell battery. 3 cell batteries
are rubbish. Also, get an Atom netbook, not a celeron (i.e. the early
2) The EeePC has good support in the Linux community, but most
netbooks are the same internally, so don't worry too much about a
specific brand or model.
3) The resolutions are low, which can be annoying if you're used to
them being a lot larger. Some newer netbooks are coming with higher
resolutions, but you pay more.
4) Steer well well well clear of anything with the Poulsbo graphics
5) Most come with Windows, as has already been discussed. Can't do
much about that, but most distros have a custom version for netbooks
now, so Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, whatever, should work well.
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