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Best Linux distro for Packard Bell Easynote SJ51-B-007

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October 26, 2010 12:04:14 AM

Hi,

Has anyone found a particular Linux distro that runs especially well on Packard Bell Easynote laptops? The ACPI was a nightmare for many of the distros I tried a couple of years ago (= overheating). I'm wondering whether any newer releases have got the hang of these awkward machines yet. I'd love to hear from anyone who's tried recent versions of Mandriva, Kubuntu etc. on an Easynote or who would like to recommend an alternative distro for the Easynote SJ51 (mine's an SJ51-B-007).

Cheers,

NPS

PS: apologies for cross-posting: I posted this in the laptops section before I realised that it might be better off here.
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a b 5 Linux
October 26, 2010 6:26:04 PM

Try the Ubuntu / Kbuntu live CD's. I think you'll be happy with the progress they have made in the last couple of releases and you can try before you install. :) 
November 2, 2010 9:49:25 PM

He'd probably want a lighter weight window manager - got ideas? I'm thinking that puppy linux might be worth a try.
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a b 5 Linux
November 2, 2010 11:19:41 PM

elel said:
He'd probably want a lighter weight window manager - got ideas? I'm thinking that puppy linux might be worth a try.


Ubuntu is available with XFCE (Xubuntu) and LXDE (Lubuntu), and you always have the option of installing whichever desktop manager you like. :) 
a b 5 Linux
November 6, 2010 8:19:53 PM

My brother is running GMA 950 graphics with a 950Mhz Celeron. It's actually quite usable for mail web and basic operations. I offered to switch him to something lighter but he's more than happy with it.
November 8, 2010 1:13:29 AM

audiovoodoo said:
My brother is running GMA 950 graphics with a 950Mhz Celeron. It's actually quite usable for mail web and basic operations. I offered to switch him to something lighter but he's more than happy with it.

I'm running the full gnome with mint 8 on a first gen atom and gma 950 - and it runs great.
a b 5 Linux
November 22, 2010 12:41:02 AM

NPS said:
Has anyone found a particular Linux distro that runs especially well on Packard Bell Easynote laptops? The ACPI was a nightmare for many of the distros I tried a couple of years ago (= overheating). I'm wondering whether any newer releases have got the hang of these awkward machines yet. I'd love to hear from anyone who's tried recent versions of Mandriva, Kubuntu etc. on an Easynote or who would like to recommend an alternative distro for the Easynote SJ51 (mine's an SJ51-B-007).


You may want to check out zencafe 2.2
I'm impressed with it . ACPI is easily configurable on install and the package manager could not be more straightforward. It is easier to install and use than zenwalk, even, IMHO.
And it just works!


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