[Durham] Linux netbooks

Dougie Nisbet dougie at highmoor.co.uk
Mon May 2 16:22:42 UTC 2011

On 02/05/2011 17:01, Martin Ward wrote:
> 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.

Thanks Martin - I see the Acer Aspires come out pretty well on the 
compatibility wiki at 
so I might look into that.


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