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Hello I became interested in linux after I fixed a neighbors netbook that had some problems. I temporarily installed xp but will need to switch this out. I had heard of linux and thought I would install it for them,but that was before I even knew about the mutiple distributions. So my questions are: what would be best to install for someone that probably doesn't even know about linux and is used to windows ,and how do know if I can find, and where can I find the necessary drivers. The netbook is a Sylvania Meso with an ATOM n450 1.66GHz cpu and I think the Graphics is intel N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller,512 MB RAM. Thank you.

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Some example that will 99% work out of the box:

Linux Mint
Ubuntu
Opensuse
Fedora

Probably you won't need to look for any drivers at all

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Specifically, it appears that the Ubuntu Netbook Remix 8.04 works well on it.
http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2009/03/a-linux-netbook-done-the-right.html

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Thank you for the responses.

@marc
Wich one of those would a windows user find easiest to become accustomed to.
Also I did try running Ubuntu off a thumb drive everything seemed to work except the wi-fi connection. It detected the network said I was connected but when I clicked on the Firefox icon nothing happened ,no error message ,nothing. I also read that the most current version of Ubuntu should have at least 1GB of memory. This netbook only has 512 MB and I dont think the user will be upgrading.

@atreyu
Unfortunately I believe that is an older version of this netbook so Im not entirely certain if everything will work quite the same. Also I believe that the netbook edition has been merged with the current Ubuntu 11.04 release.

Thank you for all answers.:)

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Yes, it appears you're right about that - sorry, I didn't realize. That's good they did that, though. Also, check out PCLinuxOS for a Linux distro that is friendly to Windows users.

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Izzz wrote:


@marc
Wich one of those would a windows user find easiest to become accustomed to.
Also I did try running Ubuntu off a thumb drive everything seemed to work except the wi-fi connection. It detected the network said I was connected but when I clicked on the Firefox icon nothing happened ,no error message ,nothing. I also read that the most current version of Ubuntu should have at least 1GB of memory. This netbook only has 512 MB and I dont think the user will be upgrading.

Thank you for all answers.:)

I personally would suggest OpenSuse.

Although if the suer is a bit "curious" or "resolutive" he'd be fine with any of those :)

Regards

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