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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Rather than sticking with Microsoft Windows XP or the updated Windows 7, there are a variety of reasons for checking out alternative operating systems for your netbook. The benefits of using a few of the following operating systems include being a part of a community of users, regular updates, and running an OS that is specifically tailored for a netbook’s performance, battery life and smaller screen size. Installing and running these operating systems can be a fun challenge, a great way to strengthen your computer skills and help you obtain greater productivity from your netbook.
Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Based on Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution, this OS features a customized graphical user interface (GUI) for the smaller netbook screen. One of the major benefits of Ubuntu is its large resource of applications available through the package manager. It used to be true that linux was complicated, ugly and not user friendly, but this is no longer the case.