Easy Peasy Is A Lightweight Linux Distro Optimised For Netbooks

Got yourself a netbook but you're a bit underwhelmed with the OS on it? Looking to squeeze a little more juice out of the low-power processor onboard? Easy Peasy is a Linux distribution designed to make netbooks better.

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Netbooks are smaller than regular laptops, have lightweight processors—no dual cores, that's for sure!—and smaller screens. Easy Peasy is a distribution of Ubuntu Linux that works within those constraints. By default it boots into a customised menu with large icons and easy to navigate menus. Those menus definitely have more of an computer-as-appliance feel to it than a normal desktop does. Luckily, if you're not into the extra-large icons and the simplified menu, you can always switch to a regular GNOME-style desktop.

Easy Peasy aims to require little or no additional tweaking or app installation beyond what you first get. Right out of the box, you can browse the web, organise media, watch Flash video and more. Easy Peasy includes Firefox, Pidgin, Skype, Transmission BitTorrent Client, Open Office, Banshee Media Player, Picasa, Cheese Webcam Booth and the Open Office Suite, among other free and open-source tools.

Easy Peasy can be installed from both a disc or from a USB drive. Both methods of installation have a LiveCD component included so you can take EasyPeasy for a spin before committing to an installation.

Have a netbook OS or set of netbook tweaks to share? Let's hear about them in the comments.

Easy Peasy [via New Linux User]


    I've been using Easy Peasy on an EEE PC 901 for a good six, seven months now. When I first installed it, it was refreshing and functional. I've reinstalled it about 3 times since then, often because of a small gremlin that made the whole experience soured. Second SSD suddently stopped mounting, forms in Firefox suddenly stopped working. Usually all happens right after I install something (via apt) or try to enhance my experience in some way. It's a nice OS in its own right and I still use it today, but I thought I'd warn people.

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