- Xandros for EEE has really been slimmed down quite a bit. I'm going to try and see how much more ft I can trim off my installation, but at some point df(1) was showing 92% utilization of /dev/sda1. I killed OOo and Evoution, a bunch of other stuff -- I barely managed to go below 75% (but to be fair I've also installed a few heavy pieces like Gcompris, TuxPaint and TuxRacer).
- I never managed to get it on an SD card. Mine is Trident SDHC 8G. Maybe I'd have better luck with A-Data or a smaller capacity SD. I gave up after 2-3 days of trying.
- I don't like GRUB. I know it is great, but there's a kind of black magic I don't understand about it and have no longer any will to understand/figure out. Call me old fart.
- SD reader seems to always end up last device on the list -- which means that you jut can't rely on it being /dev/sdb -- once you insert a USB stick, it may end up /dev/sdc. Or /dev/sdd. Or whatever. This may well be the reason why I was unable to get Ubuntu to install and boot off it.
- Default theme of Ubuntu is nice, but on an EEE too much space gets wasted. When you have a 800x480 screen it really sucks when open file dialog does not fit your screen.
- What sucks even more is when XUL-based interfaces start fitting inside the screen and are, effectively, loosing buttons.
Feb 24, 2008
Ubuntification of EEE
There are very many posts all over the web on how to replace EEE's somewhat limiting Xandros distribution with Ubuntu. To be fair, I think that default install with Xandros should be a plenty for most EEE users. Then again, if an "average" EEE user is somewhat geeky -- it might not be. I was somewhat wary at first, even despite the fact that I am not new to Linux, Debian in particular. On a surface, Xandros lets you do enough. And being Debian-based, it allows one to expand it (almost) to one's liking. Yet despite some fair efforts being put in by Asus engineers in making a good entry-level Linux ultra-portable machine, it still feels limited. Top it off with irritatingly XP-esque look of KDE/IceWM theme used by Asus -- that may have really been what tipped me over the edge. I thought I'd take this in smaller steps -- a USB stick first, maybe an SD card, only after that -- a full replacement. Yet I guess at some point Ubuntu installer managed to mess up Xandros MBR and I could ot but straight away. "Bridges burned," I said to myself and Ubuntu landed on internal SSD of black 4G EEE. Here's what I can say now, after a couple of days with Ubuntu and EEE: