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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:58 PM
Posted 12 January 2014 - 05:25 PM
The computer may have a factory restore partition that will set the computer back to the day it was purchased but any files that are important will have to be copied to a flash drive or external drive. I am not sure as netbooks have rather small hard drives or use a SSD. What is the make and model of the netbook.
If it does not have the factory restore partition then will the person want to install a linux distro like Xbuntu XFCE.
Posted 12 January 2014 - 11:29 PM
It will run Windows Pro. Also most Netbooks are 64bit capable, so you should have no problem loading Xubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit on it. What is the mfg & model of this Netbook?
As for Xubuntu, stick with 12.04 LTS. 13.10 is having way too many issues with wireless adapters and display chipsets at this point. I am using Xubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Toshiba Satellite C850D-ST3NX1, and runs circles around Windows 7 & 8.1. I do have to still run Windows 7 in Virtual Box for some things, that there are not programs or extensions available in Linux for Google Chrome yet.
Also to add. Once you get Xubuntu installed, save a image with Clonezilla Live using a USB Pen drive to run Clonezilla. That way if your friend fubar's the unit, you can just restore the image, without having to spend a day downloading and reinstalling all of the programs again.
Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:20 AM
I'm with Greg on this... my 'preferred' easy distro is Mint right now though. The wife and the kids were used to it inside of a day, had a wireless problem to solve that was a bleep though, as it is Ubuntu based.
Bit of a plunge, but worth it. As long as you're not a gamer/engineer you will have a better computing experience as a whole. IMHO.
Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:54 PM
TsVk, I tried Mint, but found too many issues with it. I like the XFCE interface that Xubuntu uses. I think I have in the past twenty years, have used everything from Redhat, Suse, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, now Xubuntu. That does not include Server installs.
Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:06 PM
What is the make and model?
Honesty & Integrity Above All!
Posted 13 January 2014 - 04:58 PM
Greg... I agree there are some bugs in Mint, not really good for heavy computing just general browsing etc. I use Debian now, also after doing the trials of just about everything.
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