The best distros for netbooks

Unlike Windows or Mac, Linux has a variety of distributions that use different graphical environments and applications by default. These combinations make some "distros" lighter than others or that some of them are better adapted to a particular activity or a specific type of hardware, such as netbooks. The list that we share below is not intended to be limiting; there are many more distributions that can work perfectly on a netbook. We simply encourage you to suggest the ones that, in our opinion, are the best or those that were specifically designed to be used on netbooks.

Main characteristics of a netbook

  1. The emphasis is on its ease of portability (it weighs little and generally has a long battery life).
  2. Because the strength is its "mobility", it relies heavily on wireless connections (wifi, bluetooth, etc.)
  3. It has a relatively modest amount of RAM, typically 1GB / 2GB.
  4. It has a relatively small screen.


Characteristics of a good netbook distro

The characteristics described above make it necessary for the GNU / Linux distribution of our choice to have the following "strong" points:

  1. That it does not consume much battery and, if possible, that it makes use of as many energy-saving mechanisms.
  2. That there are no problems with the detection of wifi or bluetooth.
  3. That consumes little RAM.
  4. That it has a "comfortable" interface and that it fits the screen size (small) that we usually find on a netbook.


1. JoliOS

Jolicloud is based on Ubuntu, but it was designed to work on computers with more limited specifications in terms of disk capacity, memory, and screen size. The visual interface (HTML 5 + GNOME) resembles that of a tablet and stands out for its speed and low consumption of resources. As can be seen in the screenshot, JoliOS is mainly oriented to run web applications (ChromeOS style), for which it uses Mozilla Prism. In any case, it is also possible to install native applications, such as the VLC video player, and although it goes without saying that this distro will squeeze all the juice if we are connected to the Internet, it is possible to use it off-line.

Finally, it should be noted that it is possible to install JoliOS within Windows or Ubuntu (beta) as if it were just another application, which is ideal for those who want to test it before finally installing it.

JoliOS 1.2

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2. Lubuntu

It is an Ubuntu based distro that uses the LXDE desktop environment. It stands out for its very low consumption of resources and for the similarity of its visual interface with that of the now classic WinXP, which makes it very attractive for those who are taking their first steps in GNU / Linux.

While all the LXDE-based distros are highly recommended for netbooks, Lubuntu is undoubtedly the best for newcomers, not only because of the similarity of its visual interface to that of WinXP, as we already saw, but also because it shares the same huge Ubuntu community, making it easier to solve any eventual problem that may arise.


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3. Bodhi Linux

It is a GNU / Linux distribution that takes advantage of the full potential of the Enlightenment window manager. In fact, it is one of the few distributions that Enlightenment uses. It comes, by default, with a minimal set of applications such as a browser, a text editor, a package management tool, etc.

Precisely, minimalism is one of the ideas behind Bodhi Linux, which is why it is not recommended for newcomers, although it is recommended for those with some experience in Linux. The most attractive thing about this distro is its exceptional speed and very low system requirements, while providing a very pleasant, easy-to-use and customizable desktop experience.

Bodhi linux

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4. Crunchbang

It is based on Debian and uses an Openbox window manager. This layout is designed to offer an excellent balance between speed and functionality. It is as stable as Debian itself, in addition to incorporating by default a minimalist and modern interface that can be easily customized, making it perfect for teams with limited resources.

I am not exaggerating to say that it is one of the best GNU / Linux distributions available at the moment.


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5. MacPup

It is a distro based on Puppy Linux but uses Ubuntu packages. It has a friendly desktop environment and with certain features that give it an appearance (although still quite distant) of a Mac OS X.

Macpup comes by default with several very light free applications, such as AbiWord, Gnumeric, SeaMonkey and Opera. The window manager used is, once again, Enlightenment, which stands out for its good graphical performance with few system resources.


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6. Manjaro

It is a GNU / Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, a distribution recommended especially for more advanced users, but it has its own set of repositories. The distribution aims to be user-friendly while maintaining Arch features, such as the Pacman package manager and AUR (Arch User's Repository) compatibility. Besides the main version with XFCE there is an official version (lighter) that uses the OpenBox window manager. There are also community editions that use E17, MATE, LXDE, Cinnamon / Gnome-shell, and KDE / Razor-qt.

Manjaro stands out for its simplicity and speed, putting the power of Arch Linux within the reach of the "average / advanced" user.


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7. Peppermint

It is a "cloud-based" operating system that comes with a good assortment of web applications by default. It is based on Lubuntu and uses the LXDE desktop environment.
Unlike other "web-centric" distributions, such as ChromeOS or JoliOS, Peppermint has a very friendly interface for those who come from Windows and prefer the classic "Start" menu.


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8. Zorin OS Lite

Basically Zorin OS is made to emulate the appearance of other operating systems. You can choose Windows 2000 or Mac OS X. For Windows users this distro provides a familiar look. In addition, it is very easy to use, although it does come with few applications installed by default.


Download Zorin

9. SolidX

SolydX (XFCE) is a semi-rolling release based on Debian. Its goal is to be easy to use, providing a stable and safe environment. The recommended version for netbooks uses XFCE as the desktop environment, although it is reminiscent of KDE. SolydX uses the wicd network manager for the Internet connection and comes with flash and MP3 codecs installed by default. In addition, it includes a good variety of lightweight applications: Firefox, Exaile, VLC, Abiword and Gnumeric.


Download SolydX

10. Google Chrome OS

A "web-centric" operating system, based on the browser of the same name and Linux. It is the system used in the increasingly popular Chromebooks.

One of the points that Google stands out the most is the speed of the system, with a boot time of 8 seconds and a fairly short shutdown time, in addition to the speed with which it opens its web applications. All documents, applications, extensions, and configurations are backed up online under the cloud computing concept. So if the user loses his machine, he can get another or access from another machine, and get exactly the same data that he previously kept.


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As we see in the world of free software there are numerous options for netbooks. It should be clarified that the distributions mentioned here were not placed in order of preference. In reality, the best distribution will be the one that best suits the needs of each one and that obviously varies. Generally speaking, I would recommend "newbies" to try Lubuntu, Crunchbang or MacPup, while the more "advanced" might try Manjaro or SolydX.

Finally, I would appreciate all the users of these distros who could send us their comments so that this entry becomes richer and more useful for those who have a netbook and are thinking of changing the Operating System.

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  1.   Monica said

    I installed debian on my netbook. I completely forgot even to try Chrome OS> - <haha

  2.   Leon Jl said

    and which of all these distros do you recommend for a Compaq Presario are new to this and if I want to switch to linux

    1.    teenwood8 said

      Hi, try and try Manjaro or Lubuntu.

      1.    Sasori69 said

        With 64-bit Manjaro XFCE (my laptop has 6GB of RAM) the laptop gets too hot, I tried running the Dota 2 and it got so hot that it ended up shutting down.

        1.    pansxo in said

          It may be due to hardware problems, it does not have to get so hot unless you are putting a lot of effort into the processor, which I do not think. Try linuxmint xfce 64 bit. It is what I use and it suits me perfectly. In the case of continuing with overheating, I recommend that you clean your pc and change the thermal paste. Greetings and good luck!

      2.    da3mon said

        long and winding the way that looks for a suitable distribution. I've tested at least 10 distros and the laptop overheating is awful. it is not a hardware problem, it is a linux problem, and a well-known problem. I have tried ubuntu, lubuntu, xubuntu, kubuntu, debian mate, debian kde, debian xfce, crunchbang (bunsen), crunchbang ++, linuxmint kde, linuxmint mate (the latter is the one that overheats the least, but still does not drop below 70) . The only distro that doesn't heat up is with Kali, but Kali I don't want Kali as the main distro, I want something more comfortable and less harsh. I'm going to try solydx to see how I'm doing

        1.    Luis Miguel Mora said

          On any Ubuntu-based distro install cpufreq and set it to PowerSave mode, that way it will keep processor usage low and won't get hot (also install psensor to monitor your temperature)

  3.   MAXI said

    What linux operating system would you recommend for an acer aspire, it is not the netbook. I want it to be a little faster because to tell the truth it runs quite slow

  4.   Gustavo Ramirez placeholder image said


    I tested 3 distros for an HP Mini 110 with a 10.1 inch screen.
    The only requirement that I had is that the wireless drivers work without doing anything to it, with wireless drivers working you can fix anything, right? 😉

    Crunchbang: My favorite since I tried it, based on Debian is super light, it is a minimalist interface, so don't expect all the "eye-candy" from other distros, for a netbook it is very good the bad thing is that it costs a little I work to configure it, almost all the configuration has to be done in the configuration files, the good thing is that it brings launchers for these in the menu. The bad thing is that the wireless did not work the first time. The advantage of this is that if you have access to connect it through the ethernet cable, you can install everything without any problem, it brings an initialization script which loads the most current programs and drivers, for multimedia, etc.

    EasyPeasy: This distribution is supposed to be special for netbooks, I installed it, and it looks nice, I didn't give it much time to test it since my wireless didn't work the first time.

    OpenSUSE 12.1 (Gnome): This distro is the one I have installed, the wireless driver worked without doing anything to it, I installed Chrome and the multimedia codecs and it works without any problem.

    As you mentioned, this netbook is mainly for checking the internet, mail, LibreOffice, etc. and with OpenSUSE it works great for me. Above all, GNOME 3 is nice, I like it more than 2

    1.    wAlOmASteR said

      I was still looking for the same thing, I tried Lubuntu, Elementary OS Luna and beta 1 and 2 of Freya and Deepin Linux. The only distro that first detected the wi-fi card was Deepin Linux, but there were times when it got a little slow. In elementary OS you have to activate it because as it is a proprietary driver it does not install it automatically, Lubuntu is a separate story and you have to work more to install the driver !!! ...

  5.   George said

    guys ... a netbook and a notebook ... they are different ... make no mistake ... a notebook is smaller ... and therefore not all distros adapt to a screen of approx 11 inches ... for example ... with ubuntu 12.04 ... everything It's fine .. but when a window is opened for options such as changing the wallpaper or other ... the lower part of the window is hidden and some buttons such as accept or cancel (it depends on the case) cannot be clicked ... and in the screen options only one option appears ... without the possibility of change ... I have tried it with a notebook msi, hp and acer ... and with all three it is the same ... and ps if you know of any that adapts to a notebook screen let us know. do not be gachos ... greetings ..

    1.    the pixie said

      Are you confused
      A netbook is a small computer with approximately 10 inches of screen
      A notebook is a conventional laptop that is bigger.

    2.    lambert said

      xubuntu and lubuntu may be fine for you. I've been using xubuntu 14.04 and well with 1 gig of ram with an asus neetbook from 8 years ago. Greetings Jorge

  6.   Angelsaracho said

    And what about xpud? It is very fast and somewhat different and it takes a little to adapt, especially to those who are used to a desktop.
    Not much can be done, but to navigate, establish a video conference using Skype and work with Open Office it is enough.
    Especially when my Acer's SSD stopped working.

  7.   Juan Barra said

    It would be necessary to mention ututo atom for that type of processor 🙂

  8.   BRP said

    Your information is very illustrative. Thank you

  9.   Ale said

    I have a problem with my laptop, I installed UBUNTU 11.10, as an application but it turns out that by restarting and entering the fan it is working all the time, causing my PC to get too hot, I would like to know if that happens with these featured distros here.

  10.   Raimundo riquelme said

    I have Ubuntu 12.04 on my Samsung netbook and I am super happy! Although it is not bad to know other alternatives 🙂 Greetings

  11.   Ricardo C. Lucero said

    I have a Samsung N150 Plus netbook where I tested Ubuntu 12.04 and Joly. They are ten! Now I have Mandriva 12 installed and I like it the most… I use it with the KDE desktop !!!

  12.   Daniel Rossell said

    Kuki Linux is not available on the official website, and no matter how much I thought about it, I couldn't find links to download it. I have an aspire one and would really like to try that distribution. Does anyone know where I can download it?

  13.   xxmlud said

    Would ElementaryOS fall within the recommended ones?

    1.    Mauritius said

      elementary OS is 10! I use it is my main OS

      1.    kesymaru said

        They should see how the development of ISIS is going, they will drool when they see isis ... it is simply the best distro worked in UX and UI that I think exists in linux, without a doubt elementary is doing a great job, it makes me sad not have time to contribute but this time I plan to donate about $ 10 when isis comes out ...

  14.   George said

    Good !!

    I have an Acer Aspire One, what distro do you recommend?

    I was with Lubuntu and it was luxurious until little by little it took me longer to load everything, I don't know why.

    Thank you very much.

    1.    let's use linux said

      I think Lubuntu is a good option. You can also try some based on Openbox, like Crunchbang (based on Debian) or go to the dark side of the force and try Arch (although it is for more advanced users).
      Hug! Paul.

  15.   cup said

    Missing the best, Point Linux with MATE desktop, based on Debian 7 stable. 🙂

    1.    let's use linux said

      Interesting… I didn't know her. I'm going to take a look at it.
      Hug! Paul.

    2.    JoseV said

      Thanks for your recommendation nap, Point Linux I am testing it on my Dell mini, and it goes smoothly, better than Ubuntu, but this is touch on the screen in case you know of any development for this, and the sound in the speakers fails me , and it cuts but when I put headphones there is no problem…. The same in Ubuntu 12 but since I bought it I removed W7 three years ago (I use Linux since 98 but I am not an expert… let's say a »normal» user)

  16.   ivanbarram said

    In my personal experience, years ago they gave us many Asus EEE PC netbooks, very modest, Celeron 700Mhz, 512 of DDR2 RAM, 4 GB of SSD disk and a 7 ″ screen. short story, the best option at that time was Debian with LXDE, we configured them well and gave them to a rural school. we put a mobile broadband with a wifi and a network cabling. We installed the equipment in a computer room and that's it, all connected by network with an HP laserjet printer. there was a bit of trouble watching youtube videos (mostly because of the EEE PC processor), so we put a slightly more powerful pc with a projector and voila. 5 years ago and the computers are still running smoothly, we only go a couple of times a year to update the browser (Chromium) and that's it. Of the 4GB of SSD, there was little more than 1GB free for various things, because the files are synchronized in the central server.

    In that sense, the versatility of Debian since other distros would like it (and beware, I'm Susero / Redhatero at heart)


    1.    let's use linux said

      Thank you for sharing your experience.
      A hug! Paul.

    2.    Gilberto said

      Motivating experience!

  17.   pansxo in said

    I comment above, that I have tried quite a few distros with lxde xfce desktops, etc. .. and the one that has surprised me by its fluidity, of all the ones I tried was LUBUNTU .. I thought it was incredible that distros with the same desktop ( xfce) would run so differently.
    In summary, for anyone who uses a netbook or computers with few resources I recommend xfce, they will not regret it.

    1.    illukki said

      Hello pansxo, in:
      I don't really know them but it seems to me that Lubuntu uses LXDE and Xubuntu XFCE.

      1.    pansxo in said

        ups! little bug in my comment haha ​​this is illukki, lubuntu uses LXDE

        1.    let's use linux said

          That's right, Lubuntu runs LXDE. 🙂

  18.   ariki said

    Good guys, I have an Acer aspire AO250 netbook and I tried the following, Linux mint xfce; xubuntu 12.04, elementary os. Undoubtedly of the three mints with closed eyes with that consumption of 128mb at the beginning it is so far the one that less memory feeds me, now with these options I will bite the bug and I will try bodhi, greetings Ariki

  19.   illukki said

    In my case, I installed Manjaro Xfce on my girlfriend's netbook. I customized it with the Trisquel themes because you liked it better. The truth is that it looks quite stable and easy to use; she herself says that she started to like GNU / Linux. The only problem I have is that the keys for the brightness of the screen do not work (I tried the solutions in a post here but nothing) anyway it is not important.

    1.    pansxo in said

      Something similar happened to me with my sister, with a samsung netbook .. it gives problems with the lighting, the problem is, when you turn on the laptop with battery, it turns on as in light saving mode and you cannot upload it manually, the only solution is to turn it on again with the power connected, and later use it with battery, thus maintaining high lighting.

  20.   Hector Zelaya said

    I am struck by the lack of right-handers with KDE and its plasma-netbook. I use chakra and the truth runs great but preferably with 2GB of RAM

    1.    alunado said

      ... in my opinion, which is from a 10-inch screen, the plasma-netbook did not seem at all necessary. In desktop or "Pc" mode everything looks fine.

  21.   pandev92 said

    Joli Cloud hadn't been discontinued very recently ?!

    1.    let's use linux said

      Not that I know. The site is still active and does not say it has been discontinued.
      Hug! Paul.

        1.    let's use linux said

          Sad news, I didn't know.
          En it doesn't say anything about it being discontinued ... well ... I don't know.
          Thank you as well.
          Hug! Paul.

  22.   Mika_Seido said

    My sister and I have netbooks, a little less than a month ago I installed Lubuntu, thanks to the fact that she got tired of windows slowing down your machine so much, recently she called her and told me that she has already gotten used to the OS and that the programs open fast and they are generally well behaved.

    For my part, a couple of days ago I installed Debian + LXDE on my netbook, and I'm doing great: fast, efficient, take care of the temperature and in general I like it. Before I had installed Manjaro + LXDE (a community version) but it did not work correctly, the mouse disconnected all the time, it overheated and in general the change did not suit me, it will be because I have got used to Debian with my desktop PC In any case I will give Manjaro one more chance but on the PC, and this time with the official version.

  23.   jamin-samuel said

    Lubuntu is a good option, but it hurts that the current version "13.10" has a very big problem with the Xscreensaver and the problem is that it DOES NOT BRING IT and the screen goes dark after 3 min. And even if you install the happy Xscreensaver, it doesn't apply the changes

    1.    let's use linux said

      I knew I was missing some ... 🙂
      Slitaz is a very good option ...

  24.   Saul said

    Very good entry.
    Hey, sorry but the Google Chrome OS link is not the correct one, it is a link to Cr Os, they are not the same.

  25.   Dekomu said

    There are many that I did not know, especially Bodhi Linux, it never hurts to try them
    but for my notebook I prefer lubuntu, it is the one that suits him best 😛

  26.   Ocelan said

    My netbook came with SUSE Linux 11 at the beginning, it is a Compaq Mini CQ10-811LA, it cost me 800 soles two years ago, after a while I wanted to change, I had no idea to make backups or anything and so I launched myself, if I did a impossible work because I could not boot from the USB, after a while I found the trick, after the UnetBooting loaded I had to press any key and only then did I boot, install EasyPeasy as it was the only one that booted (at first I thought which was a miracle, but then I found the trick and have been trying other distros), but my wifi did not recognize me and I had to use the cable.
    I got tired and installed OpenSuse 12.2 KDE, it was average, but I did not feel comfortable.
    I found Fuduntu and… well I was in love, everything was working perfectly, even the battery lasted longer, the trackpack worked great and precise, the LibreOffice brought friendly sources but the project was finished and when I did not find any distro to my liking ( Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Linux Mint, Puppy, OpenSuse) I decided to install Win7, and here I am.
    Lately I plan to install Lubuntu on my netbook in a partition and continue trying others until I find the one that gives me that feeling that Fuduntu gave me

    1.    let's use linux said

      Ahead! You have to keep trying ... 🙂

  27.   alunado said

    Well… I use this netbook a lot from which I am writing. Intel Atom 64 bits - 1,6 Ghz and 2 Gb ram. I was always with debian, and despite knowing that it was not ideal at first, I chose to put KADE on wheezy -kernel 3.2 and kde 4.8-. and I walk. Dolphin takes 3 or 4 seconds since you launch it? yes ... and then it goes smoothly. Icewesel already takes longer ... about 10 seconds ... but since version 27 the loading on the web is very fast. It shows that it is faster than what my processor can allow. I use java and clementine, and everything is open in KADE and it does not exceed 1,6 ram .. also with libreoffice, I forgot.
    You now have debian sid -kernel 3.12 and kde 4.11- and everything that took (which wasn't long) was cut in many cases by half.
    Moral: a lighter desktop (lxde, or if you only want openbox) is not going to prevent applications such as browsers, offimatics, that use java or design run faster.
    Therefore, if you have 2 Gb of ram, you can easily put in kde or gnome without major problems (although it seems to me that gnome consumes more, I don't remember why I tried it little).
    That is my experience and it is true. What if there is a nice kernel in arch compiled for netbook which I saw in deb but for 32 bits. This if it could help the operation in general, not instead a distro and your desktop.

    1.    alunado said

      I forgot to comment on one more important fact. The temperature is more than 40 C and less than 50 C under normal conditions. The battery after a year continues to last me more than three hours as it did at the beginning. No problem on those things. The management really seems excellent !!

  28.   eightbitsunbyte said

    I found the article very interesting. Most of the distributions I was not aware of except Manjaro and ChromOS. I will test them as virtual machines to see what they seem to me.
    A salu2!

    1.    let's use linux said

      Good! That was the idea. Encourage them to try new distros. 🙂

  29.   fluff said

    For netbooks or cruchbang or Archbang both seem very good options, for my taste it comes very loaded with packages

    1.    let's use linux said

      For me, Archbang combines the best of both worlds. It is a great option. I would almost dare to say that one of the best (lightweight) distros.
      Hug! Paul.

  30.   Diego Garcia said

    I installed linux mint on my HP G42 lap because I thought it was light ...
    What do you think is good? or do you recommend any other of those in this post or which one?
    what I'm looking for performance, you know, speed etc ...

  31.   edgar.kchaz said

    elementaryOS on a netbook works really well, of course, with disabled effects, shadows and all that, but it's still beautiful ... the truth is, it's (no offense) like a miniMac but usable.

    Maybe it's because it's almost written in Vala, but I highly recommend it.

    1.    edgar.kchaz said

      I forgot, to try Android for PC and Chrome OS, I'm curious ...

      1.    let's use linux said

        Interesting! Thank you for leaving your comment.
        Cheers! Paul.

    2.    Gilberto said

      elementaryOS is like silk, everything works great.

  32.   yan said

    Thanks for the compilation, since my hp mini's hard drive burned, I'm testing distros, most of them fail with the wifi connection, I use them by booting from pendrive, I would like to mention that if I installed them it was wifislax that works 100% with the wifi but it lacks open office or free office, I don't understand much about persistence but I couldn't save the changes that I make in persistence when at the end it asks do you want the changes to be available for future sessions? to work on the internet is fine.
    I will try all the ones listed here, greetings, go ahead and thanks for the information.

  33.   Wilson Cortegana said

    Hello, I hope they answer me haha, well I have a samsung N102SP netbook, I installed ubuntu 13.10 a few days ago and the truth was I was disappointed by the performance (super slow, more than when I had windows7), now informing me about these distros, I would like to know which would be more appropriate.


    1.    pansxo in said

      I recommend linuxmint 16 with xfce desktop. It is a very complete distro with one of the lightest and most fluid desktops. Surely this distro does not disappoint you. Luck!

    2.    Bryantcore said

      I also have that netbook, I installed CrunchBang 11 and it does not recognize you (or there is a problem) on the network card, then I installed Lubuntu but I had to download drivers. Now I have opted for Elementary OS, already have how it goes.


  34.   Pd_car said

    Hello, I am new around here, I have been reading the post and some comments, I would like you to recommend a distro for my netbook. It is a Packard Bell dot se2, with Intel atom n570 processor, 1gb DDR3 RAM, Windows 7 ... I hope you help me because I have a bit of trouble when choosing the most appropriate one, the problem with my netbook is basically slow opening programs and web pages and constantly getting stuck.

    Thank you!!!

    1.    pansxo in said

      I recommend linuxmint 16 x86 with xfce desktop. Tested on a netbook with similar features.

    2.    Gilberto said

      Give elementaryOS a try and replace Midori with Chromium. Flying!

  35.   Bryant said

    Very good contribution, I will test Lubuntu on this 1GB RAM notebook.
    Psdt: You can add Damn Small Linux, a distro of only 50 MB; Cheers!

  36.   Aitor said

    What distro do you recommend for a Toshiba NB50 with 2GB (expanded) with the 4-year-old petadisimo processor?

    If it's chrome OS, how do I boot it?

    Thanks in advance

    1.    Aitor said

      Sorry it was

      Toshiba NB250

  37.   Aitor said

    nap, do you think Point Linux will go well on my netbook (Toshiba NB250) with an Intel Atom processor that is 4 years old and is super cool?

  38.   Salamander said

    Salamdreate and salamandreo aside that salamander is salamander and I recommend salamandri 92.4 that salamander is salamander you the salamander

  39.   Elvis said

    Just a few days ago I have been studying everything related to Linux, as a Windows user I felt a little apathetic about it but I must say that I am very enthusiastic and wanting to start using and especially exploring the universe of Free Software for the great amount of possibilities that it offers, and especially for the human nature of this ideology of sharing knowledge for the good of all humanity, thanks for the contribution, greetings.

  40.   Bryan said

    Hi, what do you recommend for a 1gb ram netbook and 1.6GHz mono core processor? I was thinking about ELementary OS.

    1.    pansxo in said

      Elementary Os… is an excellent distro… very minimalist and attractive. But unfortunately for your hardware I do not see it as the best option since it is a desktop a little more demanding than others such as lxde or xfce. If you do not care so much about the aspect, I recommend you lubuntu with lxde desktop, the lightest I have tried so far .. Very fluid for machines with minimal hardware or as a second option but a tad more demanding than the first linuxmint with xfce desktop in my opinion more attractive than lxde but I repeat a tad more demanding of requirements. I hope you are lucky and tell us how.

  41.   Jose J Gascon said

    I have tried many linux distributions on a Netbook from Mint, through Debian, Android, etc. I had a problem with the desktop brightness, until I tried Linux Ultimate Edition 3.8, it works fast and if you don't like the Mate desktop, with doing in terminal sudo apt-get install gnome, install the gnome desktop, with gnome fallback and gnome fallback plane no gimmicks, and gnome 3, and something like unity or unity in addition to Xbmc that comes as a normal application and makes it extremely easy to use, if what you want is Xbmc for a home entertainment center, with this you have the 2 worlds, if you get bored of xbmc you can use all the power of a computer by adjusting it to your needs, it is infinitely adjustable.
    I am running it on a Gateway LT4002m netbook, I was wrong and installed ultimate edition 3.8 amd64, the netbook being 32 bits and it works perfect,
    Jose J Gascón

  42.   Celso mazariegos said

    Thank you so much for your advice.

    Currently on my laptop I use Xubunto 10.2.

    With your advice I am going to install LUBUNTU-14.04. I'm going to see how it runs.

    Greetings from Guatemala.

  43.   erretrogamer said

    I use Linux Mint 17 Mate and it works super well.

    I would try Chrome OS, but since it only serves to navigate and nothing else, without being able to install packages and things like that ...

  44.   flawless said

    Hello everyone, I am developing a distribution called Xanadu Linux for teams with few resources based on Debian SID, it is in beta, if any of you want to try it and give your opinion, it will be well received, here is the address from where can be downloaded:

    1.    let's use linux said

      okay. I will try it. thanks!
      hug! Paul.

    2.    Dennis L. said

      If they make a distribution that does not heat the laptop so much, then that will be my distribution Haha

  45.   Dennis L. said

    Well, I have a somewhat old HP, it is a hp elitebook 6930p, very good and runs very well with Windows, because when trying with different Linux distributions, be it Fedora, Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kali, Elementary, Debian , and all with the same result, the laptop gets too hot ... It is strange because with Windows this did not happen, and it does not happen since I have it installed on a partition. Anyone know of any distribution that doesn't cause this ?? I'm already tired of trying and testing and it's the same with all distributions… Any help ??

  46.   Rob said

    And what happened to lxle that is much better than lubuntu and others, a review of LXLE would be good

  47.   Cessation said

    Interesting, at the moment I don't have a "computer", just a stupid 1.66 GHz netbook and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, in terms of resource consumption, how much difference would there be between "pure" arch linux, manjaro and crunchbang?

  48.   Roky said

    Nobody talks about Elive ???

  49.   jorgegeek said

    #! send….
    crunchbang without a doubt the best of the best….

    1.    let's use linux said

      I agree, gentleman.
      A hug! Paul.

    2.    yop said

      Definitely the best, I installed it and then copied it to a USB, so I can boot on several PCs, I use it on a Thinkpad T43.

  50.   fredy said

    Greetings I have mintosx is linux in m lap at 64 bit and better than win 7 and I am surprised by its speed, when opening many windows, and deepin 2014.1 and also great.

  51.   David said

    Please recommend which one I should use. I am looking for a linux distro
    that does not have a shine problem, and that allows me to modify the brightness
    easily, especially for computers with less than 400 memory

    I await the answer.

  52.   fabian said

    Hello good evening, I have always been struck by a light software for low-specification machines, and there was a time when I bet on Ubuntu and "gadget" something that I can't do now, and the truth is that I separated from Linux because of That, I don't care to put one of these on it for fear of getting stuck solving little problems.
    at least that is already solved ..

  53.   Lionofsnow Aterrazombies said

    Hi, thanks for the information. I have the Eighth Window and Zorin 9. Also download a weird OS, it's called ReactOs ... unfortunately the "live cd" stayed for a while doing something with the hardware and I could never install it (okay, it's me) . Could someone please instruct me on this OS, I thank you.

  54.   Belerioth said

    My experience with a second-hand Acer Aspire One D257 (Intel Atom processor, 2 Gb Ram and 500 Gb hard drive), was that when testing Fedora 21 with the Live CD it did not recognize the keyboard; therefore I tried with Ubuntu 14.10 and there were no problems in recognition of the keyboard or Wifi, we only had to add the support for Spanish. Encouraged by this post, I deleted Ubuntu and installed Lubuntu 14.10, which in addition to recognizing the Wi-Fi, keyboard (the support had to be installed in a simple way), log in quickly and correctly view the YouTube videos. For the moment everything is fine.
    Thanks for your posts and comments, they are very helpful.

  55.   facu said

    Hello, I would like to know which is the best operating system for this machine
    you have
    inteel gma3600 display driver
    2gb ram
    Intel® Atom ™ CPU N2600 @ 1.60GHz × 4
    supports x64 and x86
    according to linux the graphic driver it uses is PowerVR SGX545
    fedora x64 is the only one that gave me the gnome3 environment very nice x true
    I would like one who walks around with this machine because the subject of the graphics really fucks me

  56.   Gilgamesh said

    The article is very good, I come from windows and I am taking my first steps within Ubuntu, in the Linux world, so far so good, problems that I have been able to solve just by looking for the information, mainly in desdelinux, the time they take is appreciated.

    1.    let's use linux said

      You're welcome! Hug! Paul.

  57.   guman said

    I have used crunchbang for 2 years on a hp mini 110 with 2gb da ram and it was fabulous fast, stable in short, a gem!
    but some programs were too outdated and others were impossible to install because of the new maybe ...
    Anyway, I went back to windows 7 on that machine just for the bluetooth, but the work that I had to do there is already finished, so I'm seeing a distribution that is fast as CB or even more and that of course allows me to have the programs most recent ...
    Although it is said that a netbook is only to check the mail or enter the chat, I think there is an error because during the time that I use it in CB that little machine did everything (as far as the processor allowed) it was a multimedia center, source income, my fapmachine… everything!
    but as I said, CB is a bit old and I'm looking for something that is the same but more modern….

  58.   marten said

    That I complete the article, with details on all operating systems. Personally, since Notebooks have little RAM, Ubuntu works perfectly. It has a very friendly interface and is easy to use. Unlike other operating systems, it is free with all its top-level applications.

  59.   Ignacio said

    Friends, I have a Dell Inspiron Mini 10V and in it, I have the xPud installed, and I am somewhat "boring" since it is a "good" but "temporary" system, no changes are installed and applications cannot be installed and it is already discontinued , which one do you recommend for my Dell Inspiron Mini 10V netbook. Cheers!
    Suggestion: suggest 2, one, the best according to you according to the characteristics of the note and 2, one that adapts or that can install software or packages, where I can edit webs, html, php, etc and some image editor that is what I care more, in the xPud I managed to install an image editor very similar to Photoshop. Cheers!

  60.   pageantry said

    I tried several distros mentioned here and they are good, I need to try JoliOS because it makes me very attractive, however, let me tell you that right now and I have always used opensuse, and it is also luxurious

  61.   furuikisui said

    I use a chromebook, and it brings chrome os, okay, it's a fast browser and that, there are hardly any offline apps and that bothers me. 🙁 As it comes by default, I am afraid to change the OS for another one, that just won't start again and there are almost no tutorials on how to change or solve this hardware.

    I recommend you try it if you are going to have it on a computer, for example in the kitchen, or in the bathroom, or next to the TV in the living room. As long as there is wifi, it works for everything.

  62.   Emanuel said

    I have an acer aspire 3756z laptop, 15.6 screen, 4GB of RAM, Intel Pentiun dual core T4200 2.30 Gz processor, 300 GB hard drive. What Linux distribution do you recommend?

    1.    pageantry said

      opensuse XD I always recommend it I have years of use, I also tried Ubunku, Kubuntu, Fedora, mmm several but I like that in general I recommend you with the GNOME desktop but I have always used KDE it is faster on my machine

  63.   William said

    Please, it is urgent, can someone tell me with which of all the operating systems traditional programs can be installed as in windows !!!!!!!!!!

    1.    pageantry said

      everyone. You only have to create a partition for windows and an extended one for your linux distro, Ubuntu is the simplest in terms of dual boot

  64.   vvjvg said

    What happens to me is that the times that I have tried linux I have had enough in 2 hours, I cannot say that I have tried many distros (ubuntu and fedora) but something that drives me crazy is that for everything I have wanted to install you have to download something else first, or enter commands. One feature of windows that I have never found in another OS is the ease of installing a program.
    I have an acer aspire with 2gh and 2gb of ram, 32gb eMMC. With windows it works quite decent but sometimes it has its typical hits in the internet browser. I have no special complaint but I would like to definitely opt for a linux that gives my pc a different touch outside of the windows standards.
    It should be noted that the computer is oriented to the university.
    If someone advanced can suggest an operating system that adapts to my minimums, I would appreciate it, if not, I will continue with win8.1

    1.    JoseV. said

      Well, I recommend you stay with your Windows and I tell you with all respect, nothing to evangelize you, or demonize Microsoft. Your comment shows that you do not fit the way Linux works. And the detail is this: You either want it or you hate it. If you want it, you will look for how to know how it works and you will take on the challenges of learning everything if not ... it is not for you. I have been using Linux since 1998 on my desktop exclusively. I have a mini Dell that uses Windows (and she uses free software) a Windows Phone and an Android and I have no problem using each one according to my need. Do not take it the wrong way, you just have to accept that if you want it, you will look for how to get to know it and adapt it to your needs.

  65.   Hector said

    excellent friend I'm going to try zorin you lite to see how it is in my mini laptop

  66.   JoseV said

    Try Bodhi with the new version is a beauty on machines with few resources, it hurts
    … .It is no longer developed.

  67.   Edgar Ilasaca Aquima said

    Hi all:

    I was reading your comments, my main difficulty in my case, that I have an HP pavilion dv1010la AMD Athlon, with 2 GB, is the consumption of the laptop battery, which lasts for just over an hour, I am currently using CUB Linux (Ubuntu with the appearance of Chrome OS), but I would like to know which distribution is the most efficient in battery consumption, and if possible, tell me how much the type of processor influences the performance of a distro.

    Greetings from Peru

  68.   Jose Vega said

    How about, because lately I tried a lot of versions I downloaded them, burned them until I ran out of disks hehe, then I put them in usb until I found the best ones for a hp 1100 netbook that has an atom and 1 gb of ram, the The ones that worked best for me were Elementary (elementary-os-freya-32-bit-multi-ubu), ubuntu netbook edition (ubuntu-netbook-edition-10.10) but the support is already discontinued so I changed it too, Kali (kali- linux-2016.2-i386) very good but the truth was not going to use all its tools in the end I stayed with Pepermint (Peppermint-7-20160616-i386) any of those I recognized the wireless network card and it worked fine, sometimes the elementary slowed down a bit, but overall performance is good on any distro.

  69.   Martin said

    Please tell me which is the best linux option for a dell i5 6gb ram 350 hd laptop

  70.   Santiago said

    Hello, I have a query. I am not a regular linux user, and I have an old netbook (almost 10 years old) that ran on XP, but the disk burned. Now I want to install some OS to it even to use it to surf the net. (Strictly speaking, my old man who is 73 years old is going to use it and he will only use it for emails, read newspapers and write the odd document.)
    I tried to install the Lubuntu recommended here and everything was fine until I got an error message that the installation of the Grub bootloader had failed.

    Now, the OS was halfway there and I don't know how to make it work ...

    Now the query. Will Lubuntu run on such an old machine? Do you recommend any other distro that is light and friendly?


    1.    Santiago said

      Here are the characteristics of the net: HP Mini 110-1020la Netbook, Intel Atom N270 Processor (1.60 GHz), 1GB DDR2 Memory, 10.1 ″ WSVGA Screen, 160GB Hard Drive, 802.11b / g Network, Windows XP Home SP3.

      greetings again

  71.   Alberto said

    Very good post! I will try some of the readings and combine them with those of this website:

  72.   Jose Luis Gomez said

    I got tired of trying linux distros, on an Argentine government exo 355 netbook, with 2g of ram that I added x that came with 1g. and the distro that worked best for solid speed, stability and because it has all the drivers was point linux mate 3.2 a pipe in everything works smoothly stable and consumes with the music player and firefox in facebook at full, it barely reaches 500 megabytes of ram, according to the system monitor, detects wi-fi, and everything you put, for me in this type of machine, the best distro based on debian… ..