Originally Posted by HTWingNut
By the way just noticed you have Ubuntu 64-bit on your Mini 1012. How's that working for you? I'm considring that route. Mainly want it for web surfing, Office apps, a couple simple games (not sure what's on Linux though). Also why 64-bit?
I choose 64bit for two reasons. First, I hoped 64bit would give me a little better performance for video decoding. But I don't think my 1012 with 64bit is faster playing videos than my Mini 9 running 32bit, except for the slight, expected improvement due to cpu speed: 1.66GHz vs 1.6GHz.
Second, I choose 64bit because I could
EDIT: A third plus of 64bit is that my other machines generally run it, so I can share software and updates between my computers. One 64bit machine gets the updates from the Internet, then the other machines get 'em from that machine.
I don't think I've gained any performance by opting for 64bit on my 1012, but it runs well.
As for "web surfing, Office apps, a couple simple games"... web surfing in Firefox on Linux is the same as on Windows... but Adobe Flash videos and games perform a bit worse. I do have a trick for playing Flash video perfectly. If you play the cached ".flv" file in another player, you'll see better performance (better than Flash player on Windows).
You don't have MS Office on Linux (obviously), but you have your choice of a number of other options.
As for games, I don't really game on my 1012. First off, as you probably realize, you won't be playing fancy 3D games on the 1012 in any OS.
And as I stated above, Flash games perform worse under Linux. For example, "Mirror's Edge 2D" (a Flash game) is playable, especially if you lower quality, but if I recall correctly, it plays near perfectly on Windows netbooks. Another simpler Flash game, "One Button Bob" seems to play as well in Linux as in Windows.
Linux also has the typical simple computer games: Tetris clone, Minesweeper clone, etc.
In the end, I'd probably only recommend Linux if you're willing to make an effort to learn a bit about it. Linux definitely has it's strengths, especially on netbooks. For example, less need for antivirus means it can be faster, less need for hard drive space means small SSDs are viable options. But if you expect it to be Windows, you might be disappointed.