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 Linux Mint version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Created 9 years ago, edited 9 years ago.

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Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) is a version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution that has been optimized to make it to work better on netbooks and other devices with small screens or with the Intel Atom computer processor.

UNR has been available since Ubuntu release 8.04 ("Hardy Heron"). UNR is an optional preinstalled operating system (OS) on some netbooks such as Dell Inspiron Mini 10v and the Toshiba NB100, and also runs on popular models such as the Acer Aspire One and the ASUS Eee PC.

I like the Linux Mint releases but they are not set up for smaller screen sizes like 1024x600. Often in Linux Mint a window will open and the 'cancel' or 'ok' buttons will be off the screen and Alt-click will not let one move the window so you can click the buttons.

I am currently using Ubuntu 9.10 UNR on an ASUS eeePC 901.


7 years ago

Well in the last year things have moved along. What you wanted is here today  
7 years ago

UNR is no longer necessary in v11.04, just enable the UNITY and set it to BIG buttons in Compiz, it works quite nicely on Tablets with touch screens.

However IMO I still prefer the big button user interface from EasyPeasy which is jet another variant of Ubuntu.

now if Mint can offer an optiona similar big button interface like EasyPeasy, then it's a WIN!

Mint will become the best user friendly Linux OS for the masses.

I prefer the desktop clean look of mint over cluttered ubuntu default desktop.

I have practically replaced all my desktops with Mint, and notebooks/tablets with a mix of Mint + Unity, Server wise i still run clean ubuntu server.
7 years ago

Looks like there is no more UNR they just have the one version.
Ubuntu saw that mint was better keep up the good work team.
8 years ago

I have a netbook but never liked the netbooked editions anyway. I am running Mint Main on 10" screen and it looks great. I have my AWN on the left, and panel with global menu at top. It is far better that any Unity.

So, what does a netbook edition offer anyway?
8 years ago

Currently running the standard edition (32 bit) of Linux Mint 10 on a HP Netbook Mini 110 and it is as fast enough for the platform, no delays, all the hardware works out of the box. I had tried UNR on this same netbok and it worked well but was too slow and didn't fit the screen real estate very well.

Only found a couple of panels where it all doesn't fit in and Alt-Click has worked for all of these.
8 years ago

Oh, and don't glance too much on JoliOS, even though it has the looks, its impossible to work with as soon as you want to do some file management! Don't make the same mistake! (I know how to reach Nautilus, however, its should be easy to find it without the terminal).  
8 years ago

I'd like to see a netbook-edition! Right now im using Easy Peasy instead, but will switch to a Linux Mint Netbook-edition right away if it published!  
8 years ago

Ubuntu is moving towards a single version from 11.04 onward. So, there is really no point in developing this idea any further.  
8 years ago

With the new gnome shell coming for gnome 3 i dont think there will be any need for a netbook interface. Furthermore the unity interface on the netbook version sucks as it is too sluggish. Its better to move to a netbook distro like jolicloud if u use ur netbook a lot and face a lot of resolution issues, but u will loose a lot including stability and app packages. Plasma netbook(kde) looked really great but its so buggy that its almost useless.  
8 years ago

8 years ago

I recently tried the ubuntu netbook Unity and am not impressed. IT is eye candy and looks sweet but I agree with Wykedengel, plus it is slower on a netbook than Julia. So if there is a mint netbook I hope it is as fast as Julia.  
8 years ago

While I think version of Linux Mint is needed for netbooks, I wouldn't jump on the Unity bandwagon yet. While it's a good idea in theory, its current version is obtrusive, clunky and wastes valuable screen real estate. If there is going to be a netbook version, these things need to be taken into consideration. Mint is an awesome distro--I'm currenly using LMDE--and providing a version optimized for netbooks would be a great addition to the family.  
8 years ago

I am running Mint 10 on a gateway LT21. Got sick of Windows 7 starter freezing up and now I am hooked. Mint, as is, works great on my netbook. Some of 3D games don't play very well, but that is to be expected. I am a newb but loving the adventure so far.  
8 years ago

I'm FOR anything that improves the promotion of Linux Mint and offers more usefulness to the current and potential user.

Currently I use Linux Mint on my Lenovo S10 (no dash) with tremendous, positive results: I'm home!!!

Also, I have Dell Mini 9 with 8GB flash that I use with Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition and would LOVE to switch to Linux Mint version. Need that reduced configuration to work on the tiny flash drive....

And, how about switching to AbiWord from OpenOffice for the Linux Mint Netbook Edition to save space, while maintaining quality of operation?

No matter what, Linux Mint has my FULL support!!! Thanks!
8 years ago

I also support an netbook edition of mint.
MeeGo and UNR are both great layouts.
UNR is currently not implicated well for netbooks and many people which disagree would like to use it. So it would be a nice solution for people dislike Ubuntu Unity.
MeeGo based on LM would bring this nice desktop layout into the Ubuntu like package systems.

I agree with Linux Mint Lxde and Linux Mint Fluxbox as nice and fast desktop environments, but they aren't suitable for the small screens of netbooks, so we need a special version for them.
8 years ago

I have also suggested a netbook version of Mint. Either using the MeeGo interface or the classic Ubuntu-netbook interface that Oz Unity OS is currently using.
check it out
8 years ago

I totally agree, a Mint spin of UNR would be great  
8 years ago

Yap I think that is nice. But I think Linux Mint Lxde desktop will be just fine on a netbook since it has the least requirement as per system is concern and yet very effective even running live. Maybe a few changes in the design of the desktop itself. Maybe an i-pad looking theme.  
8 years ago

Yeah and use a dim. version of the name like Julia's contemporary would be jewl case sensitive and all.  
8 years ago

Yeah and use a dim. version of the name like Julia's contemporary would be jewl case sensitive and all.  
8 years ago

Agree with armornick  
8 years ago

I'll echo RedGhost's comment from a while back. I like LM just fine on my netbook.  
8 years ago

yea would be a great idea, i think that Linux Mint must need a UNR, and for me, need to be based on Fluxbox  
8 years ago

There is already a version of Linux Mint with LXDE though. And like someone else says, there are already other distros specifically made for netbooks. If we make the developers do this, less time gets spent fixing bugs.  
8 years ago

If based on LXDE, it would be amazing!  
8 years ago

A 64Bit Mint with LXDE desktop would be perfect for my new subnotebook!  
8 years ago

alternatively you can think of a meta package to install / configure the netbook launcher and the rest that differs uck  
8 years ago

It's a great idea, but we should base it on LXDE version.  
8 years ago

It's a great idea, but I think the LXDE version would do the trick with some UI tweaks.  
8 years ago

Via Synaptic you can add the Netbook Launcher. Works perfect in combination with the normal standard lay-out.Result: the best of 2 worlds!

It is already there! Enjoy!
8 years ago

Hi, I am demoting this idea not because I thank its a bad Idea. It a very good Idea but there are may netbook OS out there and Linux Mint is the best Linux OS for what it is now. Linux Mint is the most "windows user" friendly Linux out there, and thats what makes it good. The Mint teem needed to work out the bugs they have before working on a new version.
IF you want a very good netbook OS, Linux Mint is not for you. On my netbook I use Jolicloud. It is the best netbook OS for what it is. If you want a netbook OS like Linux Mint get easypeasy. It is based on UNR. It just does not have the Mint name.

Linux Mint is the best desktop Linux OS
Jolicloud is the best netbook Linux OS
Ubuntu Sever is the best Sever OS
and easypeasy is the most like Linux Mint netbook OS.
8 years ago

Would be nice to have a Linux Mint netbook edition. Preferably one that doesn't require an always-on Internet connection, is not webapp-centric and fits in 2GB of space. That's where Ubuntu fails: it fills the 3.7GB I have on my Eee and then completely stops working.  
8 years ago

Thats what LDXE is WONDERFUL for  
8 years ago

There's already PEPPERMINT (for cloud computing) made by Kendall, who maintains LXDE.  
8 years ago

I use the LXDE RC on my Acer One as my netbook solution, and couldn't be happier. It is resource friendly and faster than the Main edition. I agree that some developers don't seem to take the netbook screen size into consideration and can be annoying. However, I do feel the rise in popularity of tablets presents a much better user experience with the UNR interface. I think it would flow well with for users on a touchscreen device.  
8 years ago

i think a "Netbook Edition of Linux Mint" will be better than a "Linux Mint version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix"...! ;-)  
8 years ago

The netbook edition packages are better left as a task package like build-essential and other bundles. That way, people could choose to use them or not, and the devs would only have to add those packages to the repos (if they're not there already), rather than maintaining an entirely separate edition of Mint for that.

More importantly, a similar package of laptop/netbook based config changes is desperately needed. Even though it's based on the same code, I get less battery life and more disk activity on my netbook when I run my installed copy of Mint (Helena, XFCE edition) than I do when I test UNR on it's own partition or off a liveCD (even though UNR is taking up more resources). A package to make Mint lighter on portable computers would really help out.

The apps will still be a problem, and are why I eventually switched away from UNR to Mint (that, and Ubuntu's idea of what "stable" means). Even with maximus running, just about every major configuration dialog is larger than a netbook's screen. Unless app developers start spending time cutting down the vertical size of their dialogs, that's not likely to change, and considering netbook users are a small niche of their userbase, they really should be spending time adding performance/security updates and feature enhancements rather than taking up a lot of time catering to a small group of users. That sort of update is best left to aspiring members of that niche that want to contribute the changes themselves.
8 years ago

I think a netbook edition will add more users but it should not hinder the development of the main editions.  
8 years ago

I don't see the need for this. I have used LM on my Acer Aspire One since 7 without much issue. I think the problem is the program developers. Inkscape gave me window size problems until the last inkscape release addressed the issue.  
8 years ago

too much work for the team, someone should do this themselves as a sort of a CE, or just try a distro meant for that, or maybe even try mint KDE and installed the netbook version of plasma!  
8 years ago

I've used the first version of UNR on my Acer Aspire One, and I liked it. But it was kind of buggy (Ubuntu likes to be buggy...). However, I'm pretty sure the developers would do a great job making it work good, so I kind of agree :D  
8 years ago

I would like Moblin desktop rather than unr. i have used lucid netbook desktop on eeepc 1000h since beta2 to this morning, it is good but not great. now with Isadora.  
8 years ago

Good idea! Besides offering a great choice for netbook users it's also necessary for Mint to be considered as a serious distribution.  
8 years ago

Try Peppermint OS. It's an interesting work in progress.  
8 years ago

i don't think it'd be a good idea.

for one, you can just install netbook-launcher via terminal/synaptic to get the GUI

for two, it'd detract from the development of other versions of Mint, such as KDE, Fluxbox, etc.
8 years ago

I run UNR 10.04 on an Acer AspireOne. I have tried EasyPeasy, Puppy and Isadora, but getting the windows-out-of-the-screen problem with the Main Edition of Mint 9, I realized that only a Netbook Edition can fit the small screen. UNR works pretty well, although the performances aren't that great from time to time (especially in terms of launching softwares). But UNR 10.04 is full of things that I don't need or that I don't care about and that Mint 9 do not include (for my greatest joy). As the choices of the Netbook Edition would therefore totally suit my needs, I agree with and promote this idea :D  
8 years ago

Maybe someone from the community should start doing it and after its good enough it could be take as a official edition. Really think mint developers have more important things to work on right now.  
8 years ago

We would get more users if we had a netbook edition.  
9 years ago

I have run UNR on my HA1005 and it works quite well. I find the small screen interface annoying and run it in full desktop mode.

I think it would be cool it Mint had a netbook version. Nothing fancy, just a customized kernal for atom and some power saving stuff. Leave everything else the same.
9 years ago

I ran UNR on Asus Eee PC 901, and Eee PC 1000H. On both machines it runs relatively slowly, and the UI feels cumbersome. I think UNR needs UI revision before deserving a Mint version.  
9 years ago

I have used Mint on my Acer Aspire One for the last 2-3 years and haven't really had any problems with the screen size. I much prefer a full desktop to "optimized" interfaces.  
9 years ago

Even though I think optimizing Mint for netbooks is a good idea, I would not make it a separate edition. Since there is not really much of a difference and you can install it on top of a regular edition I would rather make it an option during installation.  
9 years ago

I would say this is almost a mandatory edition for the LM team to put out! Linux Mint for netbooks would SPANK! the crap out of Ubuntu. Mint is pretty, elegant, and green or blue, depending on your desktop choice. Ubuntu is brown...when is brown ever pleasing? I think of a dirty bathroom or coffee stains when I think of brown...never a good thing in either case. When you think of mint you think fresh!  
9 years ago

This would be good.  
9 years ago

I installed the Netbook Remix on top of Linux Mint and, after a bit of configuration with the panels, got the following:

Add the following to your sources:
deb intrepid main

Run the following to install........
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install maximus netbook-launcher go-home-applet window-picker-applet metacity metacity-common libmetacity0

Make "netbook-launcher" run on startup and set the panel up so "Go Home Applet" is first, then Window Switcher, then Notification Area, and then Clock.
9 years ago

100% agree with this idea.......  
9 years ago

I think this is a great idea. I have an Acer Aspire One that I have gone through DOZENS of different distros and so far only one has really worked for me. Mint. A Netbook optimized version of the best Distro available would be great.  
9 years ago

I believe that's a possitive idea, but maybe wouldn't be better to be focused on a single road 'till Mint grow up a little? I mean, "two purposes are no purpose", if the development of mint tools and even more with the distro starts to "tore apart" (mi english sucks...) from Ubuntu, would be, for me, a great improve; bigger than try to do a lot of different Editions.

It's mi Humble opinion...

9 years ago

I have a eee 900 w/ 8.9 inch screen. I've tried the Ubuntu's Netbook Remix (I think the name changed though...) and I prefer the normal edition. That's just me. What I would like to see is a way to get those damn windows to fit! I must say that it doesn't happen often, but there are a couple apps I use that I'm always dragging around with the alt button to see everything. It's annoying...not annoying enought to switch to a netbook remix though. None the less, Linux is all about options, and if there would be one netbook remix I might like, I'm sure Mint would do it best! Go for it geeks! I'll give it eee900 tester waiting...  
9 years ago

create LM's own gui app?  
9 years ago

I've been trying out Jolicloud on my netbook and it feels very much in keeping with the idea of mint of just having everything work right out of the box.
Easypeasy and moblin lack a MintInstall type utility that linux newbies find absolutely critical. At least here at home (honduras) netbooks are popular because they're cheap, and people who just became able to buy one, still can't pay for internet access...the cloud is useless to them.
9 years ago

YES, YES, YES, I have a Samsung NC10 and have some problems with Helena.
But with UNR, not. Good idea Linux Netbook REMIX
9 years ago

I think this could be an excellent idea, but please be careful, and remain focused. Ubuntu seems to be wandering off track with parallel development of a Moblin Netbook Remix (and I think Moblin GULPS BUCKETS!), and a KDE Netbook version (which could be good, but it is way early in the development), and I think at least one more, but I can't recall what right now.

I find the UNR 9.10 desktop to be a lot more pleasant than the previous versions were, but it still occasionally has the same screen-/window-size problems that have been described here. I currently have it loaded on an ASUS N10J (multi-booting with Mint, of course).
9 years ago

Agree 100%. The smaller screen resolution on my netbook causes problems when option buttons are in effect 'missing' off the bottom of the screen.  
9 years ago

will be great!  
9 years ago

Why not? Mint is better than Ubuntu already at desktop editions (in my opinion)! I say mint could have a sick Netbook remix!  

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