I’ve tested five hot netbook Linux distros on two Eee PCs so you don’t have to.

Seeing how I spent an entire afternoon distro-hopping recently the least I can is share my results with you…

1. Jolicloud (tested on Eee PC 901)

Without support for the Array.org kernel I couldn’t connect to my home WiFi network, and thus try out the social networking features of this otherwise very unremarkable UNR-based distro. Note that you can also add Jolicloud to an existing Easy Peasy install.

2. Live Android (tested on Eee PC 900)

Wouldn’t launch from my SD card. Moving on…

3. Lubuntu (Eee PC 901)

No Array.org kernel. Pass.

4. Moblin (Eee PC 900)

I honestly don’t see what the big deal here is — Moblin has a horrible interface, IMHO. Plus the WiFi wouldn’t work.

5. Sugar on a Stick (Eee PC 900)

I really, really like this idea — especially for kids — but files aren’t being saved to my USB stick for some reason. At least the WiFi works…

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  1. wow, sounds like you spent about 2 minutes at most with each, moblin is a great interface to bring linux to former windows users by making everything easy to access (as all netbook interfaces use) and also do you not have an ethernet cable to plug in? then you could atleast test the functionality of the web apps, also if you spend a little time looking around you would find ways to get wifi working in any distro

    1. moblin is a great interface

      Strongly disagree. I know a thing or two about usability, and the version of Moblin that I tested had very little little of it. Sugar, on the other hand, is quite brilliant.

      if you spend a little time looking around you would find ways to get wifi working in any distro

      Been there, done that, not interested. Just as printing was the deal-breaker for Linux a few years back, so is WiFi for netbooks today.

      I realize that my 2 Eee PCs are quickly becoming things of antiquity; hopefully the WiFi radios in newer netbooks are more universally supported…

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