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mvdoso
October 14th, 2009, 09:14 PM
Hello. I bought a Dell Mini 10v about 2 weeks ago. I want to build the ultimate lightweight google netbook. And I need help.

1. I hate Windows XP. But Ubuntu Netbook Remix is even worse. Is it possible to run normal Ubuntu on a netbook? (sorry for the dumb question). And will it run well? Like not super slow? (:P)

2. google. Can I use google docs offline? Is all the google products available for Linux? Like google docs, picasa, Chrome, google news, etc.

3. What is your opinion on the ultimate lightweight google netbook. What would you do to improve it?

Shibblet
October 14th, 2009, 09:16 PM
You can change the interface for the Net-Book Remix to standard Gnome.

Google Chrome is available for Ubuntu.

x C0MMAND0 x
October 14th, 2009, 09:16 PM
This doesn't help you now...but in the future Google is releasing their own operating system called "Google Chrome OS".

HarrisonNapper
October 14th, 2009, 09:19 PM
Also keep in mind that netbooks are built specifically to do almost everything online (hence the "net" part). Unless Google Docs has a desktop app that I'm not aware of, you would need to be online to use it.

I have actually wondered whether something like puppy or slack could be run well enough on a netbook. There are a lot of hardware constraints and the biggest question mark is whether they will work with the built-in air cards, but if you're just using wi-fi, it might be worth a shot.

Denja
October 19th, 2009, 02:21 PM
puppy 4.3 ftw! Running Perfecto on all laptop/netbook!
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=puppy

If you prefer a mac interface on it.. try macpup
http://macpup.org/

Dr_Bobby
October 19th, 2009, 02:30 PM
My vote would be for a *box distro due to the lighter footprint compared to GNOME/KDE based distros.

CrunchBang would be my recommendation. Ultra-fast, minimal, clean interface and comes preloaded with all the cool stuff (mp3 support, DVD support etc. etc.).

http://crunchbanglinux.org/

sugarland2k
October 19th, 2009, 04:47 PM
I'm running #! Crunchbang Linux on my Dell Mini 9 (32gb SDD and 2 gb RAM) and it runs GREAT.

mike555
October 19th, 2009, 06:07 PM
you might look at "MoonOS" , based on Ubuntu ..but lighter.

LewRockwell
October 19th, 2009, 10:23 PM
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1222961

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qamelian
October 19th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Also keep in mind that netbooks are built specifically to do almost everything online (hence the "net" part). Unless Google Docs has a desktop app that I'm not aware of, you would need to be online to use it.


Google Apps can be used offline. You need to install Google Gears, the login to your Google Docs account. The the left of the link for Srttings, you will find a link labelled 'Offline'. Click this link and your Google Docs documents will be mirrored to your PC and the offline version of Google Docs (running via Google Gears) will be set up and a shortcut placed on your desktop.

peyre
October 19th, 2009, 10:38 PM
For a netbook, have you considered Xubuntu? It's more lightweight than standard Ubuntu, but still an official part of the distro and on the same release cycle.

You could try the instructions at http://webbugnet.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/turning-that-old-laptop-into-a-xubuntu-netbook-part-1/ and http://www.linux4all.net/turning_that_old_laptop_into_a_xubuntu_netbook_par t_2

Excedio
October 19th, 2009, 11:09 PM
*snip*2. google. Can I use google docs offline?*snip*

Looks like currently on the Word Processor can.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2313180_use-google-docs-offline.html

qamelian
October 20th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Looks like currently on the Word Processor can.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2313180_use-google-docs-offline.html
Nope, the spreadsheet works, as well.