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Old 2012-11-11, 00:28   Link #1
Wandering_Youth
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Android Jelly Bean OS on a Netbook?

With the soon to arrive Nexus 10 coming out I'm thinking about turning in my old Asus EEE PC Netbook, but then I heard that you can install Android OS on a netbook.

Are there any benefits to this? Will my netbook run better with the latest Android on it or will lead me down a path with broken drivers and non functional accessories on my netbook?
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Old 2012-11-14, 03:55   Link #2
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There is an x86 port of Android, but I wouldn't really bother with it since with a netbook like that you can easily get a full-featured desktop OS that runs just as fast (if not faster).

I'd recommend Xubuntu as it's easy to use and runs the Xfce window manager, which is much faster on old hardware than something like GNOME or KDE.
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Old 2012-11-14, 05:39   Link #3
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Is it user friendly? I'll admit I'm not very tech savvy with Linux based operating system so I'm a bit scared to use something other than Windows.
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Old 2012-11-14, 16:28   Link #4
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let just say there is no point (for you) to use android on x86 laptop.

is not user friendly on laptop since it touch based UI. also seem to be complicated to set up.

just use Linux if you want free os like the one that synaesthetic mention
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Old 2012-11-14, 18:32   Link #5
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Is it user friendly? I'll admit I'm not very tech savvy with Linux based operating system so I'm a bit scared to use something other than Windows.
If you can format the drive without fear of losing important files installing Ubuntu should be pretty straight forward. It might take some time getting used to it, but it should extend the useful lifetime of your notebook IMO.
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Old 2012-11-15, 09:57   Link #6
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I have Kubuntu 12.04 running on an ASUS EEEpc 1201n. It runs fine, though this machine does have a NVIDIA video adapter.

I think one of the biggest hurdles people have coming from Windows to Linux is not the desktop (KDE looks very Windows-like), but understanding how software distribution in the Linux world works. The concept of central repositories with thousands of pre-tested programs is quite alien to the Windows world of third-party companies and downloading programs from random web sites. Things like App Stores have made this concept less alien to users in general, but it's still a very different approach to software distribution than the model used for Windows.
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Old 2012-11-15, 19:54   Link #7
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Thanks, I'll check out all the Ubuntu variants and see which one works better on netbooks.
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Old 2012-11-18, 17:50   Link #8
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I have Kubuntu 12.04 running on an ASUS EEEpc 1201n. It runs fine, though this machine does have a NVIDIA video adapter.

I think one of the biggest hurdles people have coming from Windows to Linux is not the desktop (KDE looks very Windows-like), but understanding how software distribution in the Linux world works. The concept of central repositories with thousands of pre-tested programs is quite alien to the Windows world of third-party companies and downloading programs from random web sites. Things like App Stores have made this concept less alien to users in general, but it's still a very different approach to software distribution than the model used for Windows.
Linux's model is really so much better. I love how centralized and easy it all is. Once you've got all your repos added to synaptic it's easy as pie to keep everything updated--the update manager will simply check to see if new versions are released and notify you when they are.

Windows is annoying in that keeping programs updated often involves allowing them permissions to check for updates themselves instead of a centralized system utility doing it, not to mention the gigantic clusterfuck of a mess that is the registry...
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