Linux or XP on this netbook?

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  1. Hardkaare
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    So yea i found a cheap Acer Aspire One A110 on the internet.
    But it comes with linux which i know nothing about.
    And i got some questions i would like to get answered: (dont laugh or flame if i ask something noobish >.>)

    -Does linux suport any programs like winrar? which i need for roms and such
    -Is there anyway i could install microsoft office on this netbook since it got linux on it? (yes i know it has no dvd drive)
    -If i install windows xp on this netbook how will the perfomence be with these specs?

    specs
    -Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
    -512MB ram
    -8GB ssd
     


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    bump --'
     
  3. UltraMagnus

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    pretty shit, probably, that is a tiny amount of ram for windows, and it will take up atleast 1-2 gigs of SSD space once you have a decent anti virus et al.
     
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    Can microsoft office open documents and files created by open office?
     
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    Why not try window 98 ? that should work on it.
     
  6. fridgos

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    I use this netbook with XP. You might want to look around for an XP OS.
    I had to pay £50 more, but its worth it.

    Plus, your RAM is pretty low. [​IMG]
    Mine is 1GB.

    1. Linux should do. Use ZipGenius, its free and does exactly the same thing.

    2. Install it normally.

    3. It should be fine, but at bit slow at times.
     
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    I know mate [​IMG] but at that dirt cheap price i dont mind.
     
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    If you save it as MS office word 97-2003 then yes!

    Open Office is great, i even have it running on XP
     
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    when i got my netbook, it had windows xp on it. It was SLOW AS HELL on the ssd. I've heard there are tweaks to make it somewhat faster, but i think winxp is constantly writing to the disk, and literally everything slows down to a halt. Imagine if Firefox took 30-45 seconds to open.. then another minute to load until it's usable. Just go with Linux, I use EEEbuntu on my ASUS eee pc 900, there should be something similar/ubuntu-like for the aspire.
     
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    Ubuntu's Netbook Remix works almost perfectly on the Aspire One. I have one running it right now, and a second running a variation of Puppy Linux.
     
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    What Linux distro is installed on this netbook might I ask?

    Also Linux can do everything Windows can with the exception of natively playing games like Crysis or Fallout 3. This isn't Linux's fault but more the companies who create the games refusing to develop for the Linux kernel and its distros.
     
  12. Hardkaare
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    It comes with linpus linux lite or was it linux linpus lite?
    anyway the netbook i might buy comes with these specs:
    -Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
    -512MB ram
    -8GB ssd
     
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    What else do you need to know?

    The built-in 0.3 Megapixel webcam is actually pretty good!
    It looks like its better than that. It has its own storage and if you like the photo's you can save them to your pictures.

    What colour are you getting? Believe it or not, Sapphire Blue picks up fingerprints easily. [​IMG]
     
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    I think i got everything answered now [​IMG]
    And im getting the white one (to match my dsl lol).
     
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    Windows 98 doesn't support wear leveling.
    Plus it's old [​IMG]
     
  16. UltraMagnus

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    you can save it into a MSO format, or, as I usually do, just send the sun MSO plugin that allows MSO to open OOo documents along with whatever you are sending.

    (nb. MSO = microsoft office
    OOo = open office . org)
     
  17. Hardkaare
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    Errrh another question does linux need a anti-virus program?
     
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    no afaik
     
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    the are quite a few games available for linux these days, the unreal tournament series runs on it. and the are games such as urbanterror and open arena that are open source and run on it.