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I am planning to get a netbook (ACER Aspire one 522). Will ArchLinux work well in a netbook. I am looking for a light weight Linux distribution on netbook.

Update: I installed ArchLinux on my netbook. It works great!! Yet to setup wifi, i will update if there are any problems.

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Should check out the Arch Wiki Page on Aspire Ones, although outdated but useful. – user111228 Jan 8 '12 at 23:37
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Actually Arch's simplicity is a good choice for netbooks' handicapped processors.

However if your netbook carries a broadcom BCM4313 wifi nic ( $lspci to check it out ), there may be compatibility issue that I haven't get over with my notebook ( the very model AO522 ). Afain, no worry if your notebook uses a atheros one.

https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/26847

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I did not have any major issue with wifi. I had to blacklist a module, thats all. It worked otherwise. – 18bytes Jan 18 '12 at 20:02
    
Haven't got over it myself though. wlan0 won't come out if I blacklist those modules. But it is glad to know that bug is assigned. – Jokester Jan 19 '12 at 0:29

In short, yes, you have nothing to worry about.

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Can i use the same installer iso image for x86 available? or is there a netbook version available? – 18bytes Jan 8 '12 at 23:57
    
Yes, it is the same image. There is no such thing as a "netbook version" – soandos Jan 8 '12 at 23:59

Yes! It will work. I have hp mini netbook and arch works on it. But arch does not come with gui. You have to install the X server, video drivers, synaptics driver for touchpad, a desktop environment. Follow this guide https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide

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