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The Samsung N150 Plus is an updated version of the N150 10“ netbook.
|Name||Samsung N150 Plus|
|Processor||Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller|
|Network||PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller, Broadcom Wireless Adapter b/g/n|
|56K Modem||Not Tested||-|
|Card Reader||Yes||SD Card|
The clear winner for Linux on this netbook is Fedora 16, as it is the only distribution which gets the screen brightness control correct and stable.
When running openSuSE, wireless networking often doesn't connect automatically on boot (and doesn't even list the default network SSID in the Network Manager list). To get around this, go into the Network Manager icon on the panel, disable Wireless Networking, and then enable it again.
I have noticed a couple of things that I consider to be significant advantages to this netbook. First, it is incredibly quiet. If there is a fan in there, it is the quietest I've ever had. But it doesn't get exceptionally warm or hot. I don't know how they pull this off. Second, it boots very quickly - 30 seconds for Ubuntu Netbook Edition compared to over 90 seconds for Windows 7 Starter - and it suspends and resumes like lightning - about 5 seconds each way. Wow.
Details on Linux Distributions:
Fedora 16: This is clearly the best choice of the distributions I have tried on this netbook. Primarily because it does not have any problem with the display brightness, but also because absolutely everything works, including all of the Fn-key functions (sound up/down/mute, brightness up/down/mute, wireless off/on, touchpad off/on, sleep). The only thing you have to be careful about is that the Broadcom wireless driver (brcmsmac) was not included in the initial release of Fedora 16, so after the initial installation you have to have a wired network connection (or wireless broadband I suppose) so that you can install all the Fedora updates. Once that is done, the Broadcom WiFi adapter will work.
Ubuntu 11.10/Linux Mint 12/Linux Mint Debian 201109 Gnome: Installed from a LiveUSB stick with no problems. After booting the installed system, the “Additional Hardware Drivers” utility will pop up and offer to install the Broadcom STA WiFi driver. Do NOT accept this offer, it is not necessary. The new FOSS Broadcom brcmsmac driver is installed by default, and it actually works better than the STA driver as well. Everything works fine when running on AC power, but there is a serious problem with display brightness fluctuating when running on battery power.
openSuSE 12.1: Installed with no problems. This also has the problem with the display brightness, but it can be solved by going into Power Settings / Power Profiles and disable “Dim Display”. Also, the Fn-key control for brightness adjustment does not work properly, it jumps between lowest and highest brightness very rapidly.
PCLinuxOS 2011.09: Has display brightness fluctuation problem, and Fn-key for brightness control doesn't work.
SimplyMEPIS 11: Seems to work pretty well. Display brightness does not fluctuate, but Fn-key brightness controls do not work, either. Otherwise everything seems very good.