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January 7th, 2011, 02:41 AM
hey have a old netbook that is running windows ce and i would like to run unbuntu on it but i dont know what to use??? it has 128MB of DDR ram, Storge is 4gb nand flash and cpu is AK7802 it is made by NetForce it is a NB l 800BK... PLZ Help!!!!!

January 7th, 2011, 02:52 AM
Those are some pretty low specs for Ubuntu. I'd suggest you look into Lubuntu (http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=lubuntu).

EDIT:From Wikipedia:"The minimum system requirements for Lubuntu 10.10 are described by Mario Behling as "comparable to Pentium II or Celeron systems with a 128 Mb RAM configuration, which may yield a slow yet usable system with lubuntu."

You might need to look for an even lighter distro if "slow but usable" doesn't sound like fun to you. Is this your first experience with Linux?

January 7th, 2011, 02:54 AM
thank you... do you suggest a version??

January 7th, 2011, 03:01 AM
Sorry I edited while you were replying you might have missed that. Is this your first experience with Linux? Also see my edit about system requirements for Lubuntu 10.10.

January 7th, 2011, 03:02 AM
yes ans very confused!

January 7th, 2011, 03:13 AM
In that case you should stay in the Ubuntu family with Lubuntu although it might run a little slowly with those specs. Once things get less confusing you can try out a lighter, faster Distro if you want like CrunchBang (http://crunchbanglinux.org/) Linux, but if Ubuntu is confusing don't even go there yet. I'd try the Lubuntu 10.10 version. Put it on a thumbdrive and test it out and see how it runs on your machine as far as hardware recognition but bear in mind it will run even slower than it would if it were actually installed, this is mainly a good time to get an idea of hardware driver support. Give it a little test drive before you install it. That's the beauty of Linux live CDs(or running in live mode from a thumbdrive). :D

January 7th, 2011, 03:20 AM
ok thank you i will try it and see how it goes thank you for all the help i will keep you up dated

January 7th, 2011, 03:29 AM
You're welcome and please do keep us posted! I hope you get past the sometimes frustrating learning curve and are able to meet all your computing needs with Linux!

January 7th, 2011, 03:44 AM
Welcome to the forums asumner1! There has been a lot of discussion lately about these inexpensive "netbooks" that are flooding eBay at an incredibly low prices. You may find this discussion informative: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1349626

January 7th, 2011, 04:06 AM

Good, sound advice from trinitydan there.

Rather unfortunately, with a small amount of disk space and only 128MB RAM, sometimes the older Windows operating systems 'win' in terms of performance (e.g. Windows 98SE would run very well ;)). You're actually limitied to a few extra-extra-lightweight distros for this spec of machine.

I can recommend the 'Puppy' Linux distro (http://puppylinux.org/). Once you get over the name :) it provides a good interface (although not as pretty as you might expect from a modern OS) and a suprisingly large set of applications considering its size (~130MB) and system requirements.

You wouldn't really find the more common applications available in Ubuntu like 'OpenOffice.org' useable in it, but it comes with other word processing and spreadsheet applications (e.g. Abiword and Gnumeric) to give you most of the functionality you'd want. The latest version of Puppy even supports the Ubuntu 10.04 binaries for when you want to install more applications.

You'd have to run Puppy from a computer with a CDROM drive (or in a virtual machine perhaps to save you burning the iso file) and install it to a USB pen from that to try it on your netbook (unless you have a USB CDROM drive handy). It's a bit of work but, with 4GB flash storage, won't take up too much space and should be nice and fast, so it should be well worth the initial effort.

There's also a distro called 'Damn Small Linux' (http://damnsmalllinux.org/) that has similar system requirements, but I haven't used it myself.

Let us know how you get on!

Hope this helps.