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Netbook Operating Systems

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A modern netbook is likely to have 150 GB of disk space, 1 GB of RAM, a screen resolution of 1024×800, and a wide range of connectivity options. It can hardly be called a minimalist device. Invariably, it will also be double the weight of the original EEEPC 701!

Also, a netbook screen is relatively small. Overlapping windows are a mess more often than not, and confuse users, rather than help them.

The operating system you choose for your netbook would really depend on what you want to use it for. The Ubuntu Netbook version is probably the most widely used. I opted for the 10.10 beta version with a new look and feel. MeeGo, promoted by Intel and Nokia, has been receiving a lot of attention. It boots very fast on an Atom CPU. A third option I found very exciting was KDE Plasma’s Netbook Workspace. It is as simple as changing the theme on a standard desktop and the result is a very different interface.

A common element of all three is that, usually, an application is opened in the full-screen mode. Each tries to increase the viewing area by removing the window decorations.

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