The conversion took only an hour and I was up-and-running. The distro I am using is LUBUNTU and it is quite light on the machine. I had to make a few changes. The default word processor and spreadsheet were replaced with LibreOffice. I prefer it as my Windows laptop runs it and it is easier to work with when I have only one app to keep up-to-date. Same with GIMP for both machines. I did remove light-locker and replace it with xscreensaver. For the system monitor I put on GKRELLM. To make things work I had to modify the startup via LXSession configuration. One other quirk was that the touchpad would always start every time I log in and not respect my settings. That was easy to fix on the start in LXSession. To do screen captures I had to install Gnome Screenshot as the screen shot key doesn't seem to work. All of the software is in the Synaptic Package Manager.
|Modify startup for my preferences|
The best part is it takes about one minute to start up the machine and about 10 seconds to do a complete shutdown. Windows startup was around 2 minutes and at least a minute for shutdown.
Current screen looks like the image below.
|My main screen setup|
The only package so far I couldn't find was the driver for my Brother print/scanner. Upside is that Brother does support Linux and I could download and install the files. Once there I configured my printer without too much effort. I had to use the IP address, but, once filled in the printer worked without issue. The next thing I have to check out is the scanner option. I also have an Epson Scanner that I want to see if it works on the machine too. Windows 10 would not support it and I was thinking of buying a new scanner, but, if the netbook recognizes it I can save money by not purchasing a new scanner.
|Brother printer/scanner recognized|