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Linux on netbooks

There are tons of new "netbooks" available now and in the near future.  And the line between the netbook and the notebook is quickly eroding.  Which one is best for specific needs is becoming a complex subject.  

Two things I would consider, based on your needs are the new graphics chipsets.  Nvidia, ati and intel all have new graphics that can manage 1080p video and are lower power.  I'm sure they are tuned for windows, but linux is making a showing on a lot of new systems and I can't imagine support is lagging to far behind.

the second would be the new netbook-tablet hybrids.  Unfortunately I don't think many if any are out yet, but they are coming soon.  I really think a touch screen, plus a full keyboard, would be a big plus for notetaking, as well as media.

------Original Message------
From: David Kramer
Sender: discuss-bounces-mNDKBlG2WHs at
Subject: Linux on netbooks
Sent: Jan 20, 2010 9:06 AM

I've been casually toying with the idea of getting a netbook, but last
weekend I decided I probably will.  I was at a convention where I saw a
lot of them, and the screen and keyboards on the newer ones look pretty
usable.  I mostly want to use it for note taking at meetings and mail/web
when traveling. In the "That would be too cool for words" camp would be to
use it as a MythTV client, but I doubt that's possible.  I think a 10"
screen is about right.  And since it's mostly for note taking, the
keyboard can't bee TOO contorted from a ful sized keyboard.  I'm open to
advice on specific units and brands.

I have an important high-level decision to make; Do I get a Windows one
and make it dual-boot with Linux, or get one that already has Linux
installed?  My wife, bless her, said "You will never be happy with it
unless you install the Linux distro you want yourself".  She might be
right.  I've been looking at the Ubuntu netbook remix.  I'm not sure I
would like the UI, but it looks like one can change that later.  At the
very least their compatibility list will be useful.  Since many of these
units have 120 or 160GB hard drives, having two OSes shouldn't be a
problem, and makes it a little more useful.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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