dueling netbooks

I've about beat this to death, but I finalized the operating system and configuration on the new Acer netbook (the one on the left below). I decided to make it identical to my older Sylvania: Lubuntu Natty Narwhal 11.04.

Prior posts:

Lubuntu, LXDE/Openbox desktop, runs like a dream on both and is light as a feather. Also, it is simple, elegant, easy on the eyes, and is easy to configure to leave maximal desktop space for a small netbook screen.

I noticed this about the desktops I tried:

  • Gnome Unity – digs at the swap, plus some issues with running slow and sometimes freezing, though I do like the overall idea, and it's pretty!
  • Gnome Classic – touches the swap sometimes.
  • LXDE – never touches the swap.

One minor Lubuntu tweak, I installed maximus, which helps with auto-maximizing and undecorating windows, and set maximus to autostart with the desktop boot:

sudo leafpad /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart

add @maximus to the other processes listed in that file.

Below are pictured the dueling netbooks. The new Acer Aspire One is on the left, and the two year old Sylvania Meso G is on the right. The Acer has Opera (Unite) running, and the Sylvania has the Chromium browser.

I always install three browsers on all my computers: Opera, Chromium, and Firefox.

During the Lubuntu install, the proprietary Broadcom STA wireless driver is suggested for the Acer, but the free driver works fine. The only difference I can tell is that the free driver does not illuminate the wifi light on the LED panel, but otherwise I can find no issues with it.

Below are the two sweeties:

Left: Acer Aspire One PAV 70, D255E-13639.
Right: Sylvania Meso G, GNET28001.

Dueling Netbooks

8 responses to “dueling netbooks

  1. Thanks Dave for all this work, looking good. Still love the yellow Sylvania. Is it possible to burn the Lubuntu iso on USB using Create Startup Disk? Cause that's my problem with my cute little Delly Mini. She's damaged and only boots on USB.So far she is doing well with the Natty desktop on USB but maybe it's better with your choice. Anyway, I'm gonna try it. 🙂 :up:

  2. Originally posted by JanndeSmit:

    Is it possible to burn the Lubuntu iso on USB using Create Startup Disk?

    Yes. I assume it's the same process, Lubuntu/Ubuntu, just the iso file will be different to start. I wanted to install Lubuntu to the netbooks from USB, but the boot up kept acting funny. Instead of troubleshooting it, I burned the iso to a CD just to get on with it.I like Lubuntu because of a fondness for light offbeat desktops, though it is a lot like Gnome in appearance and basic functionality.Some of the default LXDE apps perform superbly and I enjoy a lot:File manager: PCManFMImage viewer: GPicView (breathtaking performance)The default e-mail client, Sylpheed, I never use. I always swap it out for Thunderbird.

  3. It's working well Dave, no problems with burning on USB, booting from USB and after that I only needed the STA broadcast driver for my wireless.In fact I'm working on it right now with Opera Next installed. (no problem installing that quick and easy) And all that using only one 4 GB USB stick.Fast as all my other computers. Amazing…. :up: Still I do like the Natty desktop too, with the unity interface. Working real fine too, I keep it on another USB.

  4. Here it is: the lubuntu netbook, it's called EAGLE


  5. I like screenshots. :up: Eagle dovetails nicely with the flying bird logo of LXDE.

  6. Thanks to the encouragement on MyOpera I've finally taken the plunge and installed linux. I went for Linux Mint and, in honour of you Dave I installed Opera and Chromium to go along with Firefox. Chromium seems to work much better than it's derivative Google Chrome does on Windows. :wizard:

  7. Hey! I'm getting ready to read your post about Linux right after this. :up: I hear good things about Mint but have never tried it myself. I used to swap around a lot on distros, but I finally decided to stick with just Debian and the Ubuntu family. It doesn't really matter so much which distro, but I like learning one or two really well. It makes things easier for me.As far as browsers, I usually won't install proprietary software unless there's a compelling reason. I'm one of those political free software users, but I've long since stopped haranguing others to adopt my views. I keep Opera around because I've used it since 1996, and it really is good stuff, otherwise my politics would say no to it. We all are grateful to Opera for many reasons, one of which for me is that Opera took care of Linux users back when the only other major graphical browser was a pretty sorry Netscape.I use Opera Mobile 100% on my smartphone, but on the desktop I mainly use it just to work with my mobile bookmarks via Opera Link.My main browser now is Chromium, for one because it's already in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories. Also, it's the one that jumps to the screen the fastest, seems the most responsive, and goes away the fastest when I'm done. I'm not a demanding browser user. I only want nimble speed. I don't use hardly any of the features of Opera or Firefox. Both of those have a sensation of weight to them that I find less appealing now.I will, however, always be on Opera's side. I view the company as a positive force in many ways. The myopera community is priceless. The departure of Jon von Tetzchner does raise an eyebrow. We'll have to wait and see.

  8. In on the road with the new netbook. The default desktop fonts on Lubuntu are the most beautiful I've ever seen.

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