I have an Asus eeePC 1000HD from late 2008. It originally came with a windows XP home install, but I have it currently in a dual-boot with Ubuntu 11.4. However, as I have finally purchased a new, proper laptop, I find myself no longer needing to run this machine as a primary portable unit.
So, I want to go ahead and format and clean install something on this puppy. I do not have a win7 license to install on it, so naturally I can't take most logical option, so I am left with a few options:
1: Install XP Pro (which I do have a license for) 2: Install XP Home (Also have a license for it) (would be pointless with the XP Pro license, though) 3: Install Xubuntu (I do not like Unity, so will naturally be avoiding normal Ubuntu from now on) 4: Install XP Home from the ASUS DVD, and basically restore the system to how I originally purchase it.
I am personally leaning towards Xubuntu, to have a nice, portable, versatile machine, with good security, etc... However, integration with my primarily windows based home network would be annoying (Samba always acts funny for me), so that could be an issue. I do have a linuix based desktop as well, but I rarely use it, so this would be a good route for replacement.
The XP route would be the most mainstream and would have plenty of benefits on it's own, BUT I really would rather not continue to use such an aged (but very loved by me) operating system. I mean, it's XP. It has it's benifits, but has it's flaws.
I don't want to go dual boot anymore, since I tended to never use Linux unless I wanted to "show off" to friends. Basically, without being FORCED to use one or the other, I simply stuck with Windows.
So, baring that long as heck explanation.. what do you guys think?
Answer by ryebread761 · Sep 05, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Well what do you want to do on this? Since it's a netbook you likely want to do just mostly web browsing and basic tasks so in that case Xubuntu will be the fastest an lightest option. However if you just don't really like Linux don't force yourself to use use it.
Answer by SignOff · Sep 06, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Xubuntu, 120MB ram used after a few minor tweaks.
I use Mint on my laptop with tweaks to drop the ram to 140mb base with compiz. (I always found there was more in the mint repo than ubuntu)
But they both use the annoyingly slow software center. The KDE one is so much faster to use because you can quickly queue apps to install/uninstall. (on a netbook style install I go to bare-bones so there is a lot to get rid of! Thanks CLI)
Depends what you do with it. For me a high powered desktop with win 7 does everything, while a small laptop with Mint is used just for the basics.
The computer/OS is just a tool. Use what you feel most at home with not what other people feel at home with. XP is still OK.
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