I am looking to switch my Asus 1000H netbook (N270 1.6Ghz processor) from XP to Ubuntu. Is the latest version 12.10 the most suitable for this machine?
Welcome on Ask Ubuntu, Colin Lewis ! The requirements for Ubuntu Desktop are the following :
- 700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
- 512 MiB RAM (system memory)
- 5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
- VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
- Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
- Internet access is helpful
Xubuntu and Lubuntu are both very nice, but if you ever have the opportunity to try Ubuntu out, you will probably like its interface a lot !
Ubuntu will run fine, I would also suggest adding Jupiter PPA to install Jupiter and jupiter-eeepc-support, the former increases battery life while the later enables super hybrid engine of asus netbooks.
I have that exact model, I am using 12.10 on it right now. definitely faster than XP on the 1000H series. you will have to use a disk, or really dig into the bios because its a pain to make it boot to usb.