Which Linux on low-resources netbook??

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  1. dogbite

    dogbite Registered Member

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    Guys, I am sick of W7 Starter on an Acer Aspire A501 netbook (1GB Ram, 1.7GHz AMD Athlon II).
    It's unbelievably slow on doing everything.

    I want to wipe it and install Linux.

    My questions:
    1. Better Lubuntu or Mint xcfe?
    2. Currently I system encrypted W7 with Truecrypt: any equivalent tool for Linux?

    Thanks for your advise.
     
  2. NormanF

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    Lubuntu, XFCE, Pantheon Shell - AKA Elementary OS and Linux Deepin are good candidates for a low resource netbook. Truecrypt is also available for Linux. :thumb:
     
  3. mack_guy911

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    Re: Which Linux on -reslowources netbook??

    any xfce lxde base eg: xubuntu, lubuntu, linux mint xfce,lxde .....etc

    also like to add some others victor puppy and bodhi linux pepper-mint are pretty low on resources

    what wrong with dual boot

    also make swap partition about 2gb atleast its help a lot


    my recommendation is xubuntu or any other xfce 1st if you find it heavy go for bodhi or lxde base linux :)

    http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.in/2013/04/xubuntu-1304-raring-ringtail-review.html

    http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.in/2013/06/pclinuxos-201306-lxde-review-fast.html
     
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  4. dogbite

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    Installed Mint Xfce. I have a new computer now. Outstanding!!
    Much better than Lubuntu (which I know because I've installed few months ago on my daughter's PC).

    I was also able to system encrypt with cryptsetup.

    The only downturn is that Gparted (when using from Live session) does not allow me to create any swap partition: it sees sda5 as encrypted and it's not possible to resize it.
     
  5. mack_guy911

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    debian and fedora provide full disk encryption i guess in xfce mode

    there is this guide maybe be help i dont use full disk encryption so cannot comment also please use it at on your Risk :D

    http://57un.wordpress.com/2013/02/0...ntu-in-most-secure-mode-with-aes-xts-plain64/

    full disk encryption systems make you system use more cpu and ram also when you log in what use of it expect high on resources

    which is not good specially for small little as netbook instead use true crypt hidden folder and put your sensitive data in it or use a encrypted pendrive to keep your important data
     
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  6. dogbite

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    actually it's so better than Windows that the Netbook is flying anyway!:D :D
     
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    How much more cpu/ram/resources ?
     
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    Cheers.Thats quite a lot !

    I was thinking if its 10% or less probably not worth worrying about considering the security benefits, but at those higher percentages its not so clear a decision.

    Cheers, Nick.
     
  10. dogbite

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    Since I am traveling with my netbook, for me encryption is not just an option.
     
  11. dogbite

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    This morning when booting my netbook I have got a suprise...now it's Ubuntu desktop with Unity.
    Do you know how to revert to Mint xfce?
    Actually I am fresh with linux and I ignore how to do it...
     
  12. SirDrexl

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    Regardless of what distro you use, have you considered upgrading to 2GB of RAM? It's not like it's an old system with hard-to-find and/or expensive RAM. For $20 or less, I think a 2GB module is a worthy upgrade.
     
  13. dogbite

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    It's a good advice, I need to check if I can do that.

    EDIT: ok, just bought the upgrade.
     
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