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  1. V
    February 5, 2010

    Try Moblin based on a “regular” operating system like Ubuntu or opensuse. Or try out the Plasma Netbook interface.

    http://arstechnica.com/open-source/reviews/2009/07/kdes-new-plasma-netbook-interface-shines-in-small-places.ars

    en.opensuse.org/Moblin

  2. Kevin
    February 6, 2010

    I came across MindTerm which would seem to do what you want for SSH in a browser. http://www.appgate.com/index/products/mindterm/

  3. Sam
    February 10, 2010

    I am continually puzzled by the idea that Ubuntu will not run on a netbook. This is an Acer Aspire one, one gig of ram, 160gig hard drive, 1.6 gig dual core processor.

    Yes, sometimes it maxes out on CPU usage, but in all other ways, it performs outstandingly. It came pre-installed with Windows XP and I installed the Ubuntu 9.04. The XP has never been booted. I’m so used to it, that I now think of a regular laptop as a “lugable”.

    Has all the standard programs, plus a bunch of stuff I’ve added.

  4. Sam Kleinman
    February 27, 2010

    I am very heartened that you’re an emacs user, and as a fellow emacs user I totally sympathize with your hesitancy to give up emacs.

    I don’t expect that it would be difficult to get a lightweight linux system running on a netbook, that had a very minimalist installation that included the basics: (emacs, a chrome/firefox, mpd/gmpc for music, other odds and ends) inside of a slim window manager: (e.g. openbox, or one of the tilers). Chrunchbang (an ubuntu flavor with a lightweight feel) might be a good starter. I live in a setup like this, and rarely if ever crest a gig of memory used. I’ve also started experimenting recently with putting my whole “desktop rig” on a remote server and using Freenx to connect to it. For the moment, “remote,” is on the LAN, but I suspect it’ll scale a bit beyond that. No overwhelming successes, at the moment, but I suspect that’s due to the quirkiness of my setup.

    The Freenx solution (make the X11 protocol more efficient) seems to be an interesting and useful play. Rather than try and bend HTTP/HTML into something it doesn’t do very well, Freenx gives you what you really want (desktop applications) with the “cloud” features that you really care about (remote access, low latency, remote storage). Having said that, the Free-as-in-beer client lacks a bit of polish, and depending on the remote linux of your choice, configuration might be a bit difficult to manage. It’ll be interesting at any rate.

  5. carmen
    May 17, 2010

    emacs and a keyboard and a day of battery life should be something we have in 2010 right?

    as far as i can tell its just a matter of shipping a Nokia N900 with a physical keyboard and 8″ or bigger screen

    has anyone tried that Cherrypal ARM netbook?

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