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Good linux distro for a student?


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#1 haun

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 05:10 PM

Ok. Today started out the first day of this next semester of my junior year.

As a half new years resolution half wanting to be a computer geek, i decided to take all my notes on my computer.

The only problem is that windows 7 (while better and more efficient than vista) is still kind of a power hog and my laptop (Asus N80Vn) isnt well known for its battery life (a skint 1-2 hours depending).

My Laptop, however, does have insta-boot Splashtop (a super stripped down linux os). While this would work for most students (and may for me, depending) i need something with some other abilities, such as java.

I thought about DSL but then saw there were many others that were also small that i could boot from a usb/SD.

I was wondering what you thought would be a good linux distro for me. I dont need a lot, but i do need something that has java, flash, and some simple things like that.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:15 AM

Have you checked out Linux mint?

http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:24 PM

I myself would either recommend Linux Mint as chamber has already suggested or Ubuntu.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:05 PM

You can try Ubuntu for netbooks called Ubuntu Netbook Remix :thumbsup:

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download-netbook

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 04:56 AM

Id say ubuntu or linux Mint as well. If your prefer the KDE interface, Kubuntu works rather well. :D

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 02:27 PM

Ive been trying to boot the Ubuntu remix on the SD card, but i dont think its going to work.

Any ideas? (i have been using UNetBootin for windows)
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 02:49 PM

Puppy Live CD?

http://puppylinux.com/about.htm
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 04:15 PM

why are you using a SD card? why not a CD/DVD?

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 06:13 PM

Because running a cd player would take up WAY! too much energy. I take notes on the battery. I could use a flash drive, but that would stick out from the computer and i cant seem to find any around the house.

I have a built in SD Card reader and several 2Gb SD Cards.

All i need is internet with java and flash capability.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:36 PM

Can't you dual boot linux with Windows? That way you wouldn't have to try booting from SD/usb.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 11:20 AM

HD also uses lots of battery. Plus this could be an interesting experience.

I might try with a different companies SD card. but its a little early to be thinking like that.
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 03:18 AM

why dont you plug it in during the process?

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 04:58 PM

Because i dont always have access to a outlet.

Edited by garmanma, 12 January 2010 - 12:25 PM.
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 05:19 PM

Hate to say this but no matter what media you use to boot from the hard drive and cd/dvd drive are both going to turn on negating any real powersavings from running off a USB card.

Modern Dual Core processors are not awfully power efficient anyways and Linux currently (namely Ubuntu LTS) is just as power robbing as Windows Vista. I've got 2.5hrs on either OS on my laptop at max. power saving mode. If you ant battery life the best bets are netbooks with Intel Atom Processors or Mac's both will get about 8 hrs of battery life per charge from what i've seen. Also upgrading your battery to a battery with more Cells may be an option.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 11:43 PM

I'll check out the battery, thanks

But what about some others like jolicloud and some others from here http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/12/30/10...rent-chrome-os/? I have been swamped with stuff and havent been able to Virtual box them.
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