How to Ubuntu your netbook to power user status


Netbooks originally came with a form of Linux installed to keep them easy to use and cheap.  Then models started appearing with Windows XP inside and that appealed to many consumers who snapped them up.  It is often a case of the familiar (XP) versus the unknown.


Linux is a very powerful OS and Ubuntu is a great choice for netbooks due to its flexibility, interface customization, and its power.  The folks at Maximum PC believe so too and have penned an excellent tutorial showing how easy it is to Become a Linux Netbook Power User.  Their article shows the process from installing Ubuntu to optimizing the Linux caches for better performance.  It’s a great place to start if you are considering installing Linux on your shiny new netbook.



Personally, I experienced that “normal” (read “with no linux knowledge”) user begin to be disappointed once the initial excitment vanished and when they face difficulties in finding new apps and installing them. This is why we came up, with a friend of mine, with a website that we want to position as an appstore like system for ubuntu / linux. It’s called allmyapps ( ) and it really has been conceived to help people with no Linux knowledge to find and install new apps from the Ubunut repositories. As we’ve just launched (last week), feedbacks are warmly welcome!


Am I missing something? I can’t see anything about optimising caches!?


@beau lane
I’ve got 8.10 Ubuntu Remix working on an old (Pentium 4) desktop as well (great starting point for a young son/doughter). The only issue I’ve got has been to make the first network connection via ethernet cable to install the right wifi drivers for a quite new WiFi USB dongle that I added to the old box to go wireless.


I run Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my Aspire One, and as you say, is a great choice for netbooks. The guide you’ve linked unfotunately does not provide IMHO the right starting point.
For example it does not mention (as can be found googling the Ubuntu Wiki) that Ubuntu 8.10 can be installed on the USB pen drive in persistent mode. This is a major advantage as the USB becomes a true mini disk where the live version cohexist with the data and documents that are not lost after reboot.
And for people coming from the Windows world does not suggest Unetbootin as a truly easy tool to create Live CDs and bootable USB drives (not just for Ubuntu).
Nevertheless I truly appreciate your blog and the work you and Kevin are doing.

Ben Smith

I was using Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on my Acer Aspire One switched to Fedora 10 when it came out. The issue with Ubuntu at the time was that there were a lot of tweaks to get the hardware to work on the AAO that had to be re-compiled with every kernel update. I’ve not had that problem with Fedora, but I also don’t have the great netbook interface…

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