Moving to Linux: Working with the Netbook

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7 Responses

  1. Eric says:


    If I am missing the obvious then I apoligize but what does “Wind” refer to? The netnook?

  2. Dustin Wax says:

    Eric: Yeah, “MSI Wind” is the product’s name. MSI is the company, Wind is the model.

  3. Celsius1414 says:

    This is a great idea and has really got me thinking of some different setups for myself. Can’t beat the netbook price, that’s for sure.

    Couple of questions…

    What OS are you running on the Wind? I’d like to throw Ubuntu or Debian on it.

    How is the keyboard size? I suppose with bluetooth you could use a separate keyboard for lengthier sessions. Or of course do what you’re doing and open a session on your desktop.

    Are you able to do sleep and wake automatically with the lid?

    • Aaron Peters says:

      Hi Celsius,

      To answer your questions:

      1) Kubuntu works great on it. I haven’t installed Debian on anything for a while, so I don’t know how much fiddling you’d need to do to get all the hardware to work, but setup in K/Ubuntu is very good.

      2) I have no problems using this keyboard for long typing sessions, but I’m someone who used the Toshiba Libretto when it came out as well. I’d rate it in terms of comfortable size as second only to the HP Mini, but that one has some weird key placements. I like the Wind’s keyboard the best of any netbook’s I’ve tried.

      3) I can confirm that suspend-on-close works like a charm.

  4. Celsius1414 says:

    Thanks for the info, Aaron, that was very helpful.

    I went by Best Buy this weekend to see if they happened to have any MSIs, but they only had Dell, HP, and one other (Asus?) brand of netbooks. Similar size, at least, which gave me a sense for the scale.

    Anyhow, I am seriously considering a netbook, likely the MSI Wind, for my next purchase, maybe over the summer.

    Thanks again.

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