Saturday, 9 June 2012

Top 5 Best Linux Distros for netbooks

The Top 5 Best Linux Distributions for netbooks 2012
--> Whether you're looking for a brand-new netbook or to keep an older device updated, there are plenty of options for the Linux fans.Here we have selected 5 best linux distros for netbooks.Lets take a look at the top 5 netbook linux distros.
Like in the previous year 2011,Ubuntu has again come to the top in the list of best linux netbook distributions.
From last year onwards (Ubuntu 11.04 release), the project has folded the Ubuntu Netbook Remix edition into the main desktop release.That means now ubuntu has only a single edition called desktop edition for desktops,laptops and netbooks.All the platforms are supported by the same desktop edition.The current release is Ubuntu 12.04 called as precise pangolin edition.

New features of Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin):
· Unity 3D interface 5.10
· Unity 2D interface 5.10
· GNOME 3.4.1
· Linux kernel 3.2.12
· X.Org 7.6
· Xorg Server 1.11.4
· GCC 4.6.3 toolchain
· Python 2.7.3 and Python 3.2.3
· Compiz Fusion

Ubuntu 12.04 is pretty fast and you would like to use it in your netbook even if it is an old stuff.You enjoy the beauty of gnome 3 which doesn't require any high end graphics.In the ubuntu website you can do a live free tour of the new edition precise pangolin 12.04.Lets see how Ubuntu 12.04 look like.
Screenshots of Ubuntu 12.04 

Ubuntu 12.04 precise pangolin

Ubuntu 12.04 precise pangolin

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2.Jolicloud os
The second position for the best linux distribution for netbooks is won by Jolicloud. Joli OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution.The interface is so simple that it attracts anyone in the first look itself.Besides the standard ISO image, the distribution is also provided as a Windows executable file by which you can install joli os in a windows pc.
features of Jolicloud os
  • Heavy orientation towards web application and services
  • Online backp
  • Proprietary hardware drives
  • Non-free media codecs
  • Extensive social networking features
  • Web-based software installation 
  • Get started in seconds with Facebook Connect
  • More than 1,000+ apps from the Jolicloud App Center
  • Create your own apps in seconds
  • Access and preview your Dropbox files
  • Browse and edit your Google Docs
  • Publish and share your entire app collection on your Public Page
  • Discover and add new apps recommended by your friends
  • Manage Joli OS computers directly from any computer with Chrome Browser
Screenshots of jolicloud
    jolicloud os
    jolicloud os

3.Chrome os
Chrome comes next in our list.Chrome os is a linux-based netbook distribution that has a minimalist browser-only interface.It is built on google chrome browser.The current edition of this netbook linux os is Chrome OS 1.9.1077

 Features of chrome os
· GNOME 2.24 desktop environment
· Google Chrome 4.0.266 web browser Updated!
· Google Picasa 2.7 photo manager
· 3.0 office suite
· GIMP 2.6 image editor
· Flash Player 10.0 plugin

New features of the current edition chrome os 1.9.1077
· Linux kernel 3.3.0
· Google Chrome 19.0.1077 web browser
· Google Talk Plugin 2.7

Screenshots of chrome os

chrome os

The advantages of chrome os it is extremely fast due to its minimalist requirements.You can login using your gmail id and access your data from any computer in the world.It is purely on cloud technology.The disadvantages of chrome os is that google doesn't release an iso of chrome os.You have to buy a chrome netbook to get chrome os officially.But you can download and install the vanilla builds from other sites like chromeoshexxeh.

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EasyPeasy is another wonderful netbook linux os. It  is an Ubuntu-based netbook distribution(formerly known as Ubuntu Eee). It uses Ubuntu Netbook Remix graphical user interface and includes open source as well as third party proprietary softwares.The current release is Easy Peasy 1.6 / 2.0 Alpha

New features of Easy Peasy 1.6 / 2.0 Alpha
  • New boot system and new boot artwork (Uses Plymouth)
  • 1.6 includes full removal of the hal package, making EasyPeasy faster
  • 25% faster boot
  • Brand new interface
  • Built in integration with Twitter,, Facebook, etc. with the MeMenu
  • The likewise-open package version 5.4.
  • New default open source driver for nVidia hardware
  • Improved support for nVidia proprietary graphics drivers
  • All packages upgraded 
  • Low Power Consumption
Since Ubuntu has stopped the netbook remix edition,this easypeasy replaces that gap.Users get the same netbook remix edition experience by the easypeasy netbook linux distro.
Exploe and try Easypeasy here

5.KDE plasma netbook by Opensuse
Opensuse has developed KDE support for netbooks also.Now the KDE fans can enjoy the thrilling KDE interface in small screens also.For KDE plasma netbook os we recommend opensuse.Opensuse delivers the best KDE experience for years.
The current version of opensuse is 12.1.If you want to stay on the leading (but not bleeding) edge of open source software, Tumbleweed is the best option.Tumble weed is a rolling release of opensuse where you get the updated softwares very quickly.
kde plasma netbook os

kde plasma netbook os

To download the KDE plasma desktop for your netbook click here

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Both GNOME Shell and KDE's Plasma Netbook Shell work just fine on smaller laptops as well as genuine netbooks.Even though the current trend is to go behind tablets, still netbooks have its own market.If you have any comments or your own own favorite netbook linux distros please share.


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  1. Well, I didn't find Crunchbang, Mint, Fedora with Xfce or LDKE. They are suitable with netbooks and should go for it. It's worth it.

  2. In my opinion Lubuntu is the best distro for netbooks. With zram installed is realy unbeatable. Super fast, modern, robust and very easy to use.

  3. Linux mint 13 xfce is actually performing very good on my asus eee 1005ha. Memory usage is low. It is quite snappy and responsive. Everything like flash/codecs/basic apps are all set. IMO I was researching to see if there were benefits in using a minimalistic distro like joli, #!, etc. Some of the recommendations such as ubuntu latest release are a bit disheartening as it is a bit sluggish on my netbook. I'm not sure why LM13XFCE isn't topping the charts here... prove me wrong?

  4. Other lightweight Linux distros are indeed available. I particularly like the performance of Xcfe variants. However, Ubuntu's Unity Interface is ALSO optimized for the shorter-wider screen of most netbooks. The downside, it takes some time getting used to, I'm kind of an "old dog" who's gone tired of learning all the different OSes over the years. Lubuntu won me over, despite the traditional layout.