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  • BrainwreckedTech 2:12 am on December 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    EeePC and Ubuntu 8.10 

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    Here we go again. The last time I installed Ubuntu (or rather, Xubuntu) onto Asus’ EeePC was a bit of ordeal. This time around, things are….still an ordeal unfortunately.

    First off, it seems people have a got a little fed up with Canonical and made their own kernel. (Behold the beauty of the GPL!) This kernel has all of the hardware modules the EeePC needs compiled in, including the modules for the wireless chipset (which are GPL and could be included for installation in the main distribution, but aren’t). Additionally, there’s an experimental lean version of the kernel that strips out modules that aren’t needed on the EeePC. Boot time is significantly improved, and overall performance also gets a slight boost with this kernel.

    Additionally, there’s now an eee-control package available that allows you to easily change settings like WiFi on/off and performance settings from a system tray applet, and there’s been more poking around with SSD performance. The old script that was developed is no longer needed.

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  • BrainwreckedTech 1:25 am on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    REVIEW: Asus Eee PC 

    Asus Eee PC Processor:   900MHz Intel Celeron M
    underclocked to 630MHz
    Memory:   512MB DDR2 SODIMM
    Hard Drive:   4G Silicon Motion
    Flash Drive
    Graphics:   Intel GMA 900
    Display:   800×480 TFT LCD
    Audio:   Realtek ALC6628 HDA
    Networking:   10/100 Ethernet
    802.11b/g Wireless
    Specs as taken from Wikipedia

    While I enjoy ripping things that don’t work a new one, I feel it’s important to recognize when things work out beautifully. Such is the case with the Asus Eee PC, a small-formfactor laptop. As you can tell from the specs and the size of this thing, mobility and size take precedence over speed and performance. Having said that, the Asus Eee PC is not unbearably slow at all. Given the specs, it’s rather snappy thanks to the way that Linux can be customized.

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    • jim gunn 2:55 pm on June 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      how’s that working for you?
      i was thinking of installing unbuntu lite
      and wine



    • brainwreckedtech 5:17 pm on June 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m actually running Xubutu 8.04 on it now, as Xubuntu uses Xfce, and this desktop environment comes with the ability to run the main menu from a right-click on the desktop, thus negating the need for any horizontal panel, thus freeing up vertical space on the tiny resolution of EeePC. I use a vertical panel that auto-hides for statistical stuff (like CPU speed, memory and network usage), a list of programs running, and the system tray.

      I still love it. Start-up time is still a pain, but it’s so small and unobtrusive that it can go anywhere.

    • Eee Hacks 2:14 pm on July 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Gnome is slow… even on my Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
      I think Xubuntu is the only one from Ubuntu family that can work on Eee painlessly.

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