View Full Version : What OS should I install in the netbook?

Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:22 PM
This Toshiba has Window 7 but I heard virus etc,


Mozilla Firefox?

Google Chrome?

Ubuntu Linux


I want virus-free, and enabling to watch you tube, if I can watch DVD movies, the better.

Any suggestions?

Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:40 PM
I use firefox, works fine for me. :)

Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:54 PM
Personally, I love Ubuntu!!! :hearts:

My main laptop is a Mac, but my baby laptop is Linux...I've tried soooooo many different distros and of all for me, Ubuntu is the best!!! Far better then Windows 7, especially the most recent version of Ubuntu :worship:

(I use Windows 7 on my Mum's laptop, and find it pretty buggy)

Really though it's all down to personally preference - the best thing to do is make a live USB bootable stick version of different distros using a 4GB memory stick, when you turn on your laptop, instead of booting from the hard drive, boot from the stick instead and you get to try the different OS without it removing anything from your system :D I wouldn't remove Windows 7, but when you find the OS you want you should create a partition and install the new OS, so that you have the two on the same laptop, that way you can change between them. (It wont slow down your laptop)


It'll show you how to make the live USB stick on the link above via the 'download' button (use a free software called uNetbootin to make the drive - it's very easy!!)


Jan 26th, 2011, 07:34 AM
0Thx guys!

Jan 26th, 2011, 09:33 AM
Yeah, go with Ubuntu. The only negative side of it comes when you're a gamer, but if you're using a netbook then it's not destined for computer games.

It's 3x faster than Windows and virus-free.

Jan 26th, 2011, 11:02 AM
Since when are Firefox and Chrome operating systems? :sobbing:

Crazy Canuck
Jan 26th, 2011, 12:28 PM
I was confused by that, too.

Jan 26th, 2011, 05:00 PM
Since when are Firefox and Chrome operating systems? :sobbing:

my mistake, I'm a kinda ignoramus :sobbing: those are browsers, right? (if not :tape: )

Jan 26th, 2011, 05:14 PM
my mistake, I'm a kinda ignoramus :sobbing: those are browsers, right? (if not :tape: )

right :lol:

Jan 26th, 2011, 06:15 PM
Mozilla Firefox

Jan 26th, 2011, 07:14 PM
which is better and safer then, firefox and chrome? this netbook has chrome pre-installed so I selected it as a default browser.

and about bootable stick (Ubuntu), it sells at Amazon used for about $25... should I buy this?? (how much is memory stick USB anyway? :help: )

Crazy Canuck
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:37 PM
You really don't need to buy Ubuntu.

Jan 26th, 2011, 10:21 PM
but you have to my memory stick, so I asked :lol:

'live USB bootable stick version of different distros using a 4GB memory stick'

does one need 4 GB ones? or should I just download ubuntu at my netbook? but what if it does take too much space and slows my computer down (since it's netbook it doesn't have much memory or something right? ) sorry guys for asking a lot :lol:

Jan 26th, 2011, 10:43 PM
Oh no, not Toshiba... commiserations. :sad:

Jan 26th, 2011, 10:49 PM
what? My first one was toshiba and I liked it. this new one's design is pretty cool so I bought it should I have bought asus or something? :sobbing:

Jan 28th, 2011, 02:49 AM
nah, I already have bought a 4G drive stick so emptied its content and will use it :)

Still curious about the relative merits of Chrome and firefox :lol:

Jan 28th, 2011, 03:29 AM
I'm using Ubuntu on my Macbook at the moment (long story), and it's not too bad. Definitely recommend using it.

Jan 28th, 2011, 04:10 AM
successfully installed it, but it's queer, when using windows I can use the wireless internet (at home), but it says disconnected when I use ubuntu :o

Jan 28th, 2011, 09:10 AM
And the wireless bar, it's dark and a red exclamation mark is upon it.

:help: :sobbing: