A few basic questions for a noob.
Hello everyone, I have a dell 10v that will be coming to my house soon (160 on ebay!), and I will most likely be putting Linux Mint on it, or possibly Ubuntu or Xubuntu. I'm playing around with Mint in parallels on my MBP right now to make sure everything I want to do works right. So, here's what I want to know:
-I put software center on it, but I tried a few things and they didn't install. Is there any point in having this?
-Is there any point in having Linux Mint period? It's pretty close to Ubuntu right now... Xfce, SC, and Ubuntu Studio is installing right now (not sure if it will work yet), so at this point Linux Mint isn't that different from Ubuntu.
-What benefits does Ubuntu have over it?
-I'm not sure how big to make the root partition, because it seems like all applications install to it. I want to make a home partition just in case I screw it up, but is it worth the trouble if I plan on using clonezilla to back up?
-Is there a faster distro I'm better off with?
These questions are specifically for my netbook; it has a 1.66 intel atom, 1gb of ram (soon to be 2gb), and a 160GB HD.
One more thing... I tried macpup and puppy linux, but they seem to be missing too much as far as apps go... no app-get, not many options in the package manager etc... is there a way to change this?
Anyway, sorry for so many questions... I'm sure most of them have been answered but I'm looking for the best options for my specific situation. If this has been covered, some links will suffice. Thanks!
If Ubuntu/Mint too heavy, I would try Peppermint
I have a tiny laptop from that series. After a ridiculously difficult series of attempts to get Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Meego, or pretty much any non-windows OS to install, (I think that the BIOS was faulty in my machine.) I got Peppermint to work.
Originally Posted by Jamiethemorris
I found that Peppermint is a great choice for this series of laptops, because it comes with a really light window manager and has access to Ubuntu's repositories by default. (I usually just apt-get install aptitude from command line, and then use aptitude to command-line install mostly everything I need- it's pretty easy.) From the Peppermint menu, if you don't want to touch the command line, it comes with a GUI software install program.
The interesting and convenient part of peppermint, was that it was easy to get the wireless card set up. I forget which exactly was the case, but either it was recognized right off, or the driver was in the repositories and could just be installed easily.
Peppermint also recognized the built-in webcam with no issues. You also don't need to install flash or video codecs- Peppermint is not as religiously open-source as some other distros, it seems, and came with them.
The only potential downside you might find, is I don't know how well that software center works, because I never used it. (I like the power trip using the command line gives me.)
But peppermint is so light, that I could run the latest supertux on that tiny laptop, which is more than I need for mobile computing, myself. I can get a lot of tabs open in Firefox and have OpenOffice open and be writing something, and then have a command line window open managing software updates, and that's about the most multitasking I ever do on the little thing.
Here is the link to their site, so you can see if you like it: Peppermint OS