does Ubuntu Netbook Remix run on Atom N280 processors?

Asked by Tom on 2009-12-01

Will Ubuntu Netbook Remix or any other version of Ubuntu run on the Asus N10Jh-A1 Netbook with Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor? I am looking to install UNR (or ???) under Windows7 along with Wubi (Ubuntu Installer for Windows) which would let me choose which OS to boot into. My understanding was that UNR was optimized for the Atom N270 processor, which is the reason for this question.

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2009-12-02
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Sure. It's not optomised for the N270 at all. Its just Karmic with a GUI and settings for apps more suited to small screens on netbooks

The UNR is aimed at low ended netbooks but ironically has a higher recommended spec than Xubuntu. Go figure. The UNR will run just fine. I am not sure about wubi as I do not like it nor agree with it nor use it but if you install the OS it will run fine

Tom (iamthomasbrown) said : #2

Thank you, that's great news! Would you be willing to elaborate on your thoughts on Wubi, especially the part of not agreeing with it. Please understand I am new to the open-source environment and I have no experience with Wubi or any reason to use it other than having a dual boot environment.

Tom (iamthomasbrown) said : #3

Would you be willing to elaborate on your thoughts on Wubi, especially the part of not agreeing with it. Please understand I am new to the open-source environment and I have no experience with Wubi or any reason to use it other than having a dual boot environment. I am open to other options...

Tom (iamthomasbrown) said : #4

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.

Wubi uses an image file on an NTFS partition. It is not a true install so has many limitations with respect to trouble shooting. For example you cannot boot to liveCD and repair or reinstall grub if it goes haywire and if you boot to windows and start messing with stuff then it can corrupt the image which will result in a flakey/non usable Ubuntu which makes Ubuntu look bad which is no fault of its own. Windows file systems are also extremely good at fragmenting due to the poor method NTFS uses to populate its drives. The image on the NTFS may then get fragmented and this will impact the Ubuntu system.

The main grip I have is not being able to boot to liveCD to fix stuff as the image will only be seen as a file and not a file system so chrooting or mounting the image and editting files to repair a broken system simply isn't an option so its essentially worthless. I know of no way of fixing wubi installs if they require this action but it is so very simple with a true install.

It saves a lot of heartache and grief if you simply buy a 4Gb SD/CF Card / USB stick which costs less than a pack of smokes and do a TRUE install to that instead of wubi.

Tom (iamthomasbrown) said : #6

Very helpful! Thanks much for that. -- Tom