My old trusty NC10, seemed to be on its last legs. Slowly loading web pages on windows xp, not quite being able to handle multiple programs any more, especially not anything graphical such as GIMP. I thought I would give it a go on Ubuntu 12.10, which runs so well on my main laptop. It did run faster with Ubuntu, but still things were still slow and frustrating. Looking around on the web many people commented on how well their NC10 runs Ubuntu, but most of these posts were about Ubuntu 9 or 10. Looking at the task manager the limiting seems to be the little Atom processor, not the 1GB of RAM.
I have since installed Lubuntu 13.04, which is a lightweight Ubuntu which uses a LXDE interface. My initial impressions of Lubuntu are mixed, it looks pretty rather ugly compared to Ubuntu (which I run with gnome desktop as I find unity awful), I am also less impressed with the task manager, file manager, and keyboard shortcut management; but it does run so quickly and smoothly. It is so quick and smooth that I don’t think I will be returning to Ubuntu on the NC10. I think I will just accept that a four an a half year old netbook needs a lightweight operating system, even if it is less polished.
My advice for any fellow NC10 users getting frustrated with how slow it has got is: try Lubuntu.