Comparison of netbook-oriented Linux distributions

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About netbooks

Netbooks are typically laptops with small screen sizes (typically 7, 8.9 or 10 inches) and low power consumption. They often use an SSD (solid state disk) instead of a hard disk and always lack an optical disk drive. The name netbook indicates they are intended as end-user friendly, portable Internet appliances.

There are special Linux distributions, called netbook distributions, for these machines. All such distributions are optimized for use with small, low-resolution displays. They tend to include a broad mix of VOIP and Web-focused tools, including proprietary applications rarely seen installed by default by mainstream desktop distributions[citation needed]. For instance, Maemo and Asus's customized Xandros both ship with Skype and Adobe Flash installed, and Ubuntu's Netbook Remix offers the option to do the same to OEMs.[1]

Comparison

Features

Distribution Aim Creator Producer Base distribution Installed size (MB) Release date Interface Linux Kernel Default file system Architecture support Approximate number of pre-compiled packages Default package management tools Default installer Download count DistroWatch rating
Leeenux Linux v2.0 ASUS Eee PC with 7" Screen Aleksandar Ciric Ubuntu & easypeasy 1200MB 2010-01-31 Gnome + Netbook Remix 2.6.28 ext4 x86 APT
easypeasy 1.5 All netbooks easypeasy Community Ubuntu 2009-08-31 Gnome + Netbook Remix 2.6.30 ext4 x86 26000 APT Ubiquity 700 000 28[2]
Eeebuntu 3.0 Optimized for Eeepc Eeebuntu community Ubuntu 2009-05-15 Gnome or Gnome + Netbook Remix Array kernel (modified kernel)[3] APT 100 000 Not listed[2]
CrunchBang Linux 8.10.02 Limited hardware machines Philip Newborough Ubuntu 2009-01-18 Openbox 2.6.27 APT 29[2]
Linux4One 1.5 Optimized for Aspire One Linux4One community Ubuntu Gnome or LXDE Not listed[2]
OpenGeeeU 8.10 Luca De Marini Easy Peasy[4] 2009-03-23 Enlightenment plus Gnome 2.6.27 ext3 x86 26000 APT Ubiquity Not listed[2]
Firefly Linux 1.0 Beta 1 Firefly Linux community Arch Linux LXDE 2.6.29.4 x86 Pacman 62[5]
Kuki Linux 2.0 Optimized for Aspire One Kuki Linux community Ubuntu XFCE Not listed[2]
Midinux All netbooks Red Flag Linux 2007 ext3 x86
Moblin 2.0 All Intel Atom processor netbooks and MID Intel Intel/Linux Foundation None (borrows components for various distributions[6]) Clutter RPM (may change[6]) 57[7]
Eeedora[8] Asus Eeepc 701 Martin Andrews Fedora XFCE RPM Not listed[2]
Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 All netbooks[9] Canonical Ltd. Canonical Ltd. Ubuntu 2009-10-26 Gnome + Netbook Remix x86, arm Not listed[2]

Specific features

Distribution Target boot time SSD write optimization (SSD degradation, I/O optimization, etc.) Specific supported hardware
Leeenux Linux v1.2 20s Yes[citation needed]
easypeasy 1.5 Yes[citation needed]
Eeebuntu 3.0
Linux4One 1.5 40 seconds[10]
OpenGeeeU 8.10
Firefly Linux 1.0 Beta 1
Kuki Linux 2.0
Moblin 2.0 5 seconds[11][12]
Eeedora[8]
Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04

Google Trends

While no public numbers measuring the install-base of these operating systems are available, Google Trends data on a handful of them indicate their relative popularity:

File:TrendsNetbookDistrosCompared.png

References

  1. http://www.canonical.com/projects/ubuntu/unr
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 http://distrowatch.com/ Accessed September 27, 2009
  3. Array kernel site
  4. http://opengeu.intilinux.com/News/Voci/2009/3/23_OpenGeeeU_8.10_Live_CD_for_Asus_EeePC_released!.html
  5. http://distrowatch.com/ Accessed August 31, 2009
  6. 6.0 6.1 Moblin FAQ
  7. http://distrowatch.com/ Accessed June 9, 2009
  8. 8.0 8.1 Eeedora project at google code
  9. Hardware Support List
  10. Features of Light version of Linux4One
  11. Fast boot in Moblin page
  12. Youtube video showing Moblin 2.0 prerelease booting in 5 seconds.

See also

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