This is my “new” dedicated Linux machine:
…a Toshiba NB505 netbook.
Although I hadn’t used the netbook in a while, I needed to try a few things on it yesterday. My first attempts were horrific. The system was taking extremely long amounts of time to respond to mouse-clicks and keystrokes.
I went through the process of resetting it back to factory Windows 7 settings from the restore partition ( as the unit does not have a CD/DVD drive). Then, I tried to configure the Personal Firewall, but the build-in Anti-Virus program … one I particularly loathe … was doing that on my behalf. I removed the AV program.
I started removing all of the pre-installed crapware. I looked at the list of running processes and found a dozen or more that were all from a Toshiba directory. I didn’t know which ones were critical to the OS and which ones were “fluff”.
I probably could have pared the machine down further, but I took a different route. Today, I build a bootable USB with the live distro for Linux Mint 15.
I changed the boot order in the BIOS and let the USB boot. With the live Mint distro running in front of me, I selected the “install” option. I had the option of co-installing it with the existing Windows. Nope. I had it install so that Mint is now the dedicated OS on the machine.
Here’s a screenshot:
The machine is pretty responsive. I wasn’t sure it would handle a newer version of Mint, but it runs fine, so far. I haven’t really run much other than the terminal and a browser, though.
It looks like this is going to be a handy, portable Linux box.