[Durham] Linux netbooks

Martin Ward martin at gkc.org.uk
Mon May 2 16:11:04 UTC 2011

On Monday 02 May 2011 at 16:44, Dougie Nisbet <dougie at highmoor.co.uk> wrote:
> I've been thinking again about getting a netbook. Last time I looked 
> into it there were a couple of strong contenders in HP and Dell that I 
> liked the look of. Having just had a bit of a search on the web I'm a 
> bit surprised to see that both Dell and HP have apparently given up on 
> the Netbook market. The only linux netbooks I could find are a few 
> offerings on Amazon. I was looking at getting something with a decent 
> spec but I can't really face the pain and uncertainty of hardware 
> incompatibilities so was hoping to get something with a good track 
> record. The more I investigate the more I'm going of the idea!
> Is anyone running a linux netbook and if so, what have you got?

My wife got an Acer Aspire One a while ago, and I was so impressed
that I got one for myself. It is very light, boots up quickly
and does everything I need it for. With a mini USB bluetooth
adapter, I can even get online via my phone in areas with no Wifi.

They are about £100 second hand on eBay.

I managed to install Mandriva on a USB stick: which it will quite happily
boot from. This makes it possible to back up the whole root partition
on the same stick. If I mess up and the machine won't boot up,
I can just boot off the stick and restore from a backup.


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