Re: Netbook setting up advice
I tested a lot of alternatives on Live USB over the last year or so, and found the 11.x versions of Lubuntu and even more Ubuntu/Unity 11.04/11.10 noticeably slower than 10.10 on the netbook. I sometimes joke that I think between Unity and Gnome 3 Ubuntu versions (and Mint 12) are going through a sort of "Vista" phase, a major and more demanding but still half-baked OS rebuild, and they're leaving a lot of users behind.
I haven't had problems keeping Firefox and Chrome up to date with Synaptic PM - the only terminal command I routinely use is:
sudo apt-get updates
and that seems to goose the packages. (I also learned to add "ppa" repositories to Synaptic to get other things.)
I don't personally like Unity and as I wrote above prefer Mint preinstalled packages and its general look and feel, and so far am liking Mint 11 LXDE as a dual boot candidate for my main machine.
New to Linux. Currently dual boot Lubuntu 10.10 with W7 on Acer One netbook. Experimenting with Mint 15 XFCE on netbook and a Dell laptop with peripherals (Persistent 8GB Live USB.)