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$12 ### Image of the Day Submit IOTD | Top Screenshots ### The latest, straight to your Inbox. Subscribe to GameDev.net Direct to receive the latest updates and exclusive content. Sign up now ## Anyone program on a netbook? Old topic! Guest, the last post of this topic is over 60 days old and at this point you may not reply in this topic. If you wish to continue this conversation start a new topic. 32 replies to this topic ### #21Turt99 Members Posted 23 April 2009 - 06:57 AM I got a netbook for just this reason and I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I got an Acer Aspire One 8.9" screen and the 8gb SSD option. I put Fedora 10 (Linux) on it and I'm using code::blocks as my IDE. I'm making a 2D Isometric RPG style game (blog.turt99.com) You have to scroll a lot and optimize screen resources by turning off all extra display options. (ie. Compile Output is not needed unless you just compiled and it failed). Its small yes, but its there when your ready to program. ### #22Ravuya Members Posted 23 April 2009 - 10:29 AM Quote: Original post by capn_midnight Quote: Original post by davepermen Quote:  Original post by capn_midnightI've been thinking about buying a couple of these, some USB hard drives, and using them as servers around the house. www.mini-box.com has the M200 and M300 which i use for servers (and cheap workstations). i don't think you can get new hw for less than that (<200$ depending on config).

Holy crap those are awesome.
You might also be interested in the Buffalo Kurobox, which can be had for $160 or less. ### #23Sirisian Members Posted 23 April 2009 - 01:34 PM I use a 17" laptop as my primary computer. It's wonderful. A Dell E1705. (4 years old). I'd recommend if your going to be programming just buy a nice 17" laptop that you can carry around and such. You can get dual 9800 graphics cards in one so you should be fine. I don't upgrade computers so it works out well. If you're one of those people that runs out to grab the newest video card and newest processor and such then a laptop might not be for you. ### #24Ivko Members Posted 23 April 2009 - 02:57 PM Quote:  I wonder if you guys buy and install Windows or use the usually pre-installed Linux. I'm using Windows 7 on mine. I think not many of them come with Linux nowadays; the trend is toward Windows XP. I think Microsoft made it quite cheap for them to do that a while ago (like$30 or so).

The keyboards vary quite a bit from one netbook to another. My 10" is big for a netbook and the keyboard size and quality is great. Obviously a 7" one will be tougher to type on, and 9" ones might be uncomfortable for some. Even within the same size class (like 9"), keyboard sizes can vary a fair bit.

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 There is just something about going all the way down to such a tiny screen that just makes shrug my shoulders and accept the small screen space, where as when I just simply drop one of my 17"crts to use a single 18" LCD, I'm always looking around for more space. With the small screen I accept that I can't have everything open at once and I don't mind anymore.

I agree with that. On my desktop, 24" is finally big enough that I feel comfortable with the size. A laptop or 17-19" LCD seems too small to me and I've always complained to friends that I wouldn't want a laptop partially because the screen is too small. But surprisingly, I've had few issues with the netbook resolution.

### #25davepermen  Members

Posted 23 April 2009 - 06:26 PM

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Original post by davepermen
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 Original post by capn_midnightI've been thinking about buying a couple of these, some USB hard drives, and using them as servers around the house.

www.mini-box.com has the M200 and M300 which i use for servers (and cheap workstations).

i don't think you can get new hw for less than that (<200$depending on config). Holy crap those are awesome. You might also be interested in the Buffalo Kurobox, which can be had for$160 or less.

### #29Luckless  Members

Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:19 AM

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 Original post by Extrarius I might upgrade the 4GB SSD but so far it looks like it'll be sufficient for the OS (eeebuntu) and the few programs I use (firefox, thunderbird, python and komodo, some pdf reader)

As far as I remember, the 4GB is soldered in place, so good luck with that. On the bright side it is faster than the other drives the 900 comes with, much faster.

The EeePCs have two sets of drives, up to 4GB soldered SSD that is very quick, and one mounted on a special internal connector (I think it is a mini-PCIe slot. Maybe? Not really sure.) which is sold upto 16GB I think, giving an option for 20 in total. Maybe they have larger options, not really sure. The only bad thing is that the second bulk drive is made with a far slower style SSD to save money. But apparently you don't really notice this while using it for general purpose tasks.
The only time this really comes into play is when you foolishly buy the version with only the 16GB to avoid a soldered component you can't replace,... Then boot times suck and feel like a standard laptop, but other than that it isn't bad.

### #30Extrarius  Members

Posted 26 April 2009 - 04:46 AM

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 Original post by Extrarius I might upgrade the 4GB SSD but so far it looks like it'll be sufficient for the OS (eeebuntu) and the few programs I use (firefox, thunderbird, python and komodo, some pdf reader)

As far as I remember, the 4GB is soldered in place, so good luck with that. On the bright side it is faster than the other drives the 900 comes with, much faster.[...]

The stripped refurb 900s don't have the soldered SSD - the only drive they have is a pcie 4GB drive (and 512 MB of RAM).

### #31nordwindranger  GDNet+

Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:12 AM

I have a Asus 1000 HA (10in. screen). I've written some small programs with visual studio 2008 express, and have done some XNA 2d game development as well. The netbook doesn't have any problem running the 2d graphics, and I haven't had to much of a problem with the keyboard. It does take a little getting used to a 1024*600 resolution though

### #32speciesUnknown  Members

Posted 27 April 2009 - 05:47 AM

I know somebody who did all his assignment using his 9" EEE. (I'm not sure which model) but, most of his coding is done in nano. I think most programmers here are used to IDE's such as VS which are designed for large screens, and netbooks are a relatively new phenomenom.

### #33Sean T. McBeth  Members

Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:52 AM

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 Original post by nordwindrangerI have a Asus 1000 HA (10in. screen). I've written some small programs with visual studio 2008 express, and have done some XNA 2d game development as well. The netbook doesn't have any problem running the 2d graphics, and I haven't had to much of a problem with the keyboard. It does take a little getting used to a 1024*600 resolution though

what's funny though is that I got started programming on a machine only capable of 800x600 max, which we usually set to 640x480 because of a specific game my parents used to play.

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