... I'm getting an EEE PC mostly to learn Linux on (and also to have a fun little laptop to keep me entertained during air travel, etc). And like I said at...
... seeing Brenny's screenshots, and reading that he got the wireless card working and the battery management to work pretty much ok (except it displays funny numbers when the AC is plugged in) is what motivated me to order my EEE PC.
So, if I can retrace his steps, I will consider that to be a major personal accomplishment, and it will go a long way towards fulfilling the reason why I bought the EEE.
But to accomplish what he has achieved, I need your help. Experienced Linux users, I would really, REALLY appreciate your help. All I can offer in exchange are some pretty wallpapers (which I will post shortly) and the promise that, when I accomplish all that this post asks about, I will write a thorough "click here and type this"-level tutorial so that someone who is at my current stage of n00bness can follow the steps and have themselves a smooth-working Ubuntu installation. (Eventually I want to do it for Xubuntu since I hear it should run faster, but at my level of experience (level zero) this may be too ambitious for now).
Here I will break down Brenny's steps. If you noticed that I missed anything, or if you have any information about how one of these steps should be done, please contribute your input! Again, when I get all this to work, I promise to turn it into a nice step-by-step set of instructions on the Wiki, so detailed that a moderately smart chimpanzee can follow it. I'll create a page that will be THE resource for people who want a smooth Ubuntu installation on their EEE PCs. But for that to happen I'll need more details about each of the following steps.
1) Brenny said he "syslinux"ed the installer. I guess that means he used
How do I use that? How do I "syslinux" an installer?
2) Brenny said the CD-sized installer, from the ISO, did not detect the ethernet card, but when he installed from the 8-meg installer (the one that downloads everything during installation) the ethernet worked. Which installer, exactly, is supposed to be used on the EEE PC? Which "boot.img.gz"? I'm guessing it's this one:
But why is it not, say, this one?
3) Then, to get the wireless working, I have to install this ndiswrapper thing;
and, if I want to use it through a GUI, then I have to install ndisgtk:
I think I can do that by following the installation instructions. But then, I need to find the drivers for the wireless card. What exactly should I be looking for?
4) Installing Firefox extensions, at least, is something I already know how to do. This one seems handy for our little screen
I'll probably also install FireFTP, and an extension to download embedded/streaming videos (like YouTube FLVs, etc).
5) Some more vertical space would be nice. Brenny suggests
but I think this should be enough:
Besides, I don't want my EEE to look too much like a Mac! ;) Although I must admit these applets seem quite handy:
6) To make the windows pretty/shiny/3D, Compiz Fusion:
Again, I think I can follow the installation instructions.
7) I don't think Brenny specifically mentioned these, but for me the next step would be
At this point all I know about Linux is what I know from having used Unix a little bit, and what I have read at
My EEE PC will probably be delivered on late Tuesday or early Wednesday (if all goes well), and as soon as I get it I will set out to try and get Ubuntu on it, and I will make sure to document my efforts to an excruciating level of detail, so that Linux n00bs in the future will be able to follow my step-by-step instructions and get Ubuntu up and running and working with the wireless and looking good.
So, if you guys (and gals) could supply a little more detail, especially regarding steps 1 and 3, and maybe 2 and 6, I would really appreciate it!
Edited by airshowfan, 05 November 2007 - 07:20 AM.