I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FZ21Z laptop. Despite having nice hardware it runs painfully slowly, which seems mainly to be due to Sony's bloatware installed on top of the already bloated Vista OS.
I would now like to use the machine for a very simple purpose. I just want it to sit in the kitchen and use it instantly to browse web pages like google calendar, web forecasts, etc.
This is impossible with the current OS, as it takes minutes just to come out of hibernation, and having it on all the time is not an option. It needs to boot up and display a web page within seconds.
What it the best OS I could use for this purpose? I guess some kind of Linux distro, but which one?
It has to be:
1. Really easy to install.
2. Work with the internet easily (I don't want to spend ages getting drivers working for the wireless network, for example).
3. It really does have to boot up in like 5 seconds. I don't see why this shouldn't be possible, given this hardware, and a simple OS.
Extra marks if it possible to install without hosing the current Vista install (never know if I might want it for something) but I appreciate this may be impossible.
To keep with Vista, in my old vaio I went to start->control panel->programs and uninstall everything i didn't know its purpose. After thar i run "msconfig" and disable all starting progrmas and non microsoft services. I also disabled UAC.
If you go the linux way be shure to burn first the recovery cd's so you do not need to send the laptop to Tokio for reinstallation.