[UFO Chicago] Linux netbooks recommendation

brian sobolak brian at planetshwoop.com
Sun Jul 26 19:40:48 PDT 2009

This was helpful, and of course I had thought about a refurbished laptop. I still might. 

However, I bicycle a lot and weight matters. The 3-4 lbs difference btwn a netbook and an actual laptop would make a difference for me. 

(As part of my firm's Diaster Recovery plan I am required to haul my laptop home each night. It's a royal pain.)

I wonder if Google's Chrome device will come with bash. 



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-----Original Message-----
From: "Randall Thompson" <randall.thompson at sbcglobal.net>

Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 17:51:39 
To: 'Brian Sobolak'<brian at planetshwoop.com>; <ufo at ufo.chicago.il.us>
Subject: RE: [UFO Chicago] Linux netbooks recommendation

Brian, I don't have a netbook but I researched them for a friend.
TechRepublic http://techrepublic.com.com/ and ZDNet have run several
articles on netbooks. A recent article discussed how many people are
disappointed by netbooks because they were expecting the functionality and
power of a full featured laptop, and not just a very portable device to
check email and browse the internet. Here are two articles you may find

10 things you should look for in a netbook

The Acer Aspire One netbook

Asus advertises its Eee PC 900 "The GNU Linux version provides an intuitive
user interface to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced PC users.
With over 40 built-in applications, it offers dynamic computing to learn,
work and play; while a fast boot-up time makes it ideal for quick Internet
access while waiting for public transport or taking notes on-the-go."

If you find an older 'standard' laptop... I am running Ubuntu 9.04 on an
older system and it runs beautifully.

- Ran Thompson

-----Original Message-----
From: ufo-bounces at ufo.chicago.il.us [mailto:ufo-bounces at ufo.chicago.il.us]
On Behalf Of Brian Sobolak
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2009 5:00 PM
To: ufo at ufo.chicago.il.us
Subject: [UFO Chicago] Linux netbooks recommendation

Has anyone tried a Linux netbook they would recommend?

My primary computer is a work laptop that I am not terribly comfortable
using for personal projects.  Not to mention the massive overheard of
scanning, anti-virus, logging utilities etc make the start-up and shutdown
time appallingly bad.

Having a very lightweight computer for personal projects, particularly one
that includes the standard Unix toolkit, is appealing.

It seems that Acer is one of the more popular brands, but every place I've
looked online (think major retail outlets) highlights in great detail that
"Big Box store recommends Windows Vista Home Edition"

Surely there's something better?


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