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I recently bought myself a ASUS EEE 1000HE and I intend to use it for note-taking and light browsing at the University. The machine has a 10" screen so the interface needs to be very compact.

I've already tried:

  • EEEbuntu: Very nice driver support and out of the box experience. But I feel that it is too slow booting and the general experience is too heavy in my opinion.
  • Moblin 2: Looks very cool, boots just fine but is way too unstable to use. Also find it annoying that I can't find hotkey documentation anywhere.

Any Netbook OS recommendation welcome (although those specific to my model would be great).

There is an entire jungle of distributions out there, so if you've been on a safari, please share your experience.

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Maybe you should have said I'm deploying 100 of these to students as a university as part of a pilot project and I need....... –  LEAT Jul 23 '09 at 12:08
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Duplicate question superuser.com/questions/8918/best-distro-for-eee-pc/8924#8924 (newer than this one) –  voyager Aug 6 '09 at 21:09
    
Could you retag eee to eee-pc? –  voyager Aug 8 '09 at 14:25
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gentoo for advanced users. First install is hard, but system is very fast

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Have you tried it with Netbooks? I have no problem in spending one or two days compiling, as well as everything works. This means wireless, neworking, function keys, etc. –  Andrioid Jul 4 '09 at 13:22
    
View: 1. wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:installgentoo 2. en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Asus_Eee_PC_701 3. en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Asus_Eee_PC_901 4. en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Asus_Eee_PC_1000HE Gentoo is the perfect distro. But is very difficult for install –  Yordan Jul 4 '09 at 14:12
    
I compiling and install my gentoo 5 days!!! –  Yordan Jul 4 '09 at 14:13
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I'm running Debian with ratpoison as the window manager on my Lenovo S10e (similar display, etc), and while it's not a traditional UI, it works really well on the sort of hardware that a netbook has.

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Likewise - AwesomeWM is also worth a look; similar philosophy to ratpoison, but the mouse is still usable if you so choose. –  Murali Suriar Jul 4 '09 at 15:02
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I run easy peasy and am quite hapy with it however it may be a bit too bloated for what you asking for.Worth a try though.

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The Ubuntu Netbook Remix is really good.

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The only problem with it is bug 349314 (bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/349314), which makes netbook-launcher slow but can be worked around by installing the kernel package 2.6.28-11.43~lp349314apw5 from people.ubuntu.com/~apw/lp349314-jaunty (as described in the bug report). Other than that, it is really good, and I also recommend it; the small changes Netbook Remix has (mostly a few packages installed by default, like maximus) make it work great in a netbook. –  CesarB Jul 4 '09 at 16:35
    
I did UNR, but make sure to turn of anti-aliasing in the Cairo configuration (some XML in /etc). In the end, I made my own Xsession that boots into ion3 and nothing else; keeping the standard Xsession for uses when I need it to be desktoppy. –  user2751 Aug 9 '09 at 13:15
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Currently using http://www.geteasypeasy.com/ and rather happy with it (on eee 901).

Also tried http://crunchbanglinux.org/ eee edition seems more lightweight than EasyPeasy (seems there is no eee version of 9.04 yet(?)), but not used it as much.

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+1 recently been playing with #! and it's very nice. Small memory footprint. –  DaveParillo Nov 25 '09 at 0:28
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I have an Eee PC 904HD and i use Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope with the netbook remix, but if you want a minimal distribuition i suggest you to use CrunchBang, but Ubuntu with the netbook remix in my opnion is better.

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Pupeee Linux fits on a 512MB SD Card. Boots fast and drivers fits ok on eeepc.

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I am extremely pleased with jolicloud, which I installed on my Asus eee 701. Extremely straightforward and user-friendly. Very light and fast and centred around online use.

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I have had good success with Leeenux

Very light weight. There is also a version that comes with some proprietary software all setup and working out of the box (skype for example)

Best of all (in my case) everything is optomized for the small screen of the early Asus netbooks (7inch display) so your millage may vary on your larger display. Still the best light weight alternaitve I've tried

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