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Which Distro For an Eee PC?

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the pick-your-poison dept.

Operating Systems 466

An anonymous reader writes "I've got an Eee PC 1000HD, and frankly, I can't stand XP. I know it's odd, because I actually like Vista, but XP is such a giant piece of crap on here that I struggle to use it day-by-day. Anyway, my question is this: which Linux distro should I run on it? Plain Ubuntu just doesn't have driver support. I tried Ubuntu-eee, which, to put it bluntly, does not work for me at all (slow, terrible battery life, even worse interface). I've heard that Jaunty Jackalope is going to have better netbook support, but that's all the way in April! Is there a distro out now that will free me from XP's terribleness without being terrible itself?" Getting wireless working on an Eee PC (though in my experience imperfectly) with stock Ubuntu is possible; for me it took some googling, though I've been told with great enthusiasm that it actually works "out of the box." What distros are you running on your netbook, and what problems do you find?

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XandrOS or EeeOS? (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970659)

Disclaimer, I do not own an eeePC (keyboard too damn small) so I have not tried any of these things. Two things I found while searching around is the Linux OS that is shipped with the eeePC Linux versions and that is XandrOS, a debian based Linux [] . You need to torrent it I think to avoid some $10 bandwidth fee [] . So search on your favorite torrent site.

Also there is EeeOS [] which claims to be:

EeeOS is designed to be a minimalistic Custom Debian Distribution that provides a base system (drivers, system tools, Xorg) and nothing more. The idea behind such a release is so that users of Eee Linux OS can configure and build their own Eee experience ... an EeeXperience if you will :P While systems like Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse and Xandros are all amazing in their own right, they often come pre-configured and with a lot of bloat. Some power users prefer to have complete control over their systems and it is with these users in mind that Eee OS was created.

I was going to go on a lengthy explanation about how you could use Slackware [] or Gentoo [] to provide the optimal configuration you are interested in but after reading your summary, I doubt you're interested in this sort of devotion to squeezing your eeePC like a lemon over your enemy's eye.

... though I've been told with great enthusiasm that it actually works "out of the box."

Ubuntu has worked "out of the box" for two of my DLink WiFi cards. It worked on a no name CompUSA brand rebate PCMCIA card on my laptop but there were ... annoyances ... with lack of encryption options.

Also, why did you go with an Eee Ubuntu and not Xubuntu [] ... which I guess would be more widely supported?

Re:XandrOS or EeeOS? (2, Informative)

evilkasper (1292798) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970797)

I have a eee701 I've found this to be a handy resource [] Mostly I run Xandros on mine, just for convenience. I do however have several distros on thumb drives in case I feel like a change. Just curious because I'm used to people complaining about Vista and how they like XP, what about XP do you not like? Again just curious.

Re:XandrOS or EeeOS? (3, Informative)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971079)

Xandros and Novell signed those sick "covenant not to sue" deals with Microsoft.

So I'll sign a covenant not to touch their crap with a barge pole.

Re:XandrOS or EeeOS? (3, Informative)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971283)

Just so you know ... EeePC 1000 keyboards are only 10% smaller than normal size.

Re:XandrOS or EeeOS? (2, Informative)

jon3k (691256) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971601)

Actually it's like 7-8% smaller, they're 92% or 93% sized keyboards. Also the 901HA (or one of the 900 series) has the larger keyboard as well.

Moon-ghost Linux? (2, Funny)

UbuntuLinux (1242150) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971353)

I have been worried for a number of weeks now, about what would happen where a powerful OS like Linux fall into the hands of the ghosts that haunt the moon. We all know that spaceships don't run Windows, so if a spaceship crashed on the moon, it would be likely that moon ghosts would find their way inside, and, due to their curious nature, tamper with the computers. If one of these computers had Linux on it, it would give the moon ghosts technology that they would not be able to comprehend or use responsibly (ghosts *cannot* use technology responsibly, this is scientific fact) which could have dire consequences for the human race.

My idea is to write a Moon-ghost distribution of Linux (suggestions for names welcome!) that would be very cut down, so it had little power. This distribution would be installed on all planet-bound spacecraft. This way, if it they where to crash on the moon, the moon ghosts would not have such a powerful tool. My question to Slashdot is, what distro would be good to use for this? What sort of features could be removed? Wireless obviously has to stay in as the spaceships need to communicate with earth, and they would need webcam functionality to photograph stars and craters and things.

Ubuntu (3, Funny)

DesertBlade (741219) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970695)

Ubuntu makes a nice EEE distro.

But since you like Vista there may be nothing we can do.

Re:Ubuntu (4, Interesting)

metallicagoaltender (187235) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970795)

+1 on Ubuntu. I picked up an Eee 1000H this past weekend and installing Easy Peasy (the poorly named Ubuntu Eee distro) via flash drive was ridiculously easy. Everything worked right off the bat without any messing around with config files. The "Netbook Remix" interface is sort of annoying, but very easy to turn off.

Re:Ubuntu (2, Funny)

onecheapgeek (964280) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970915)

Anyway, my question is this: which Linux distro should I run on it? Plain Ubuntu just doesn't have driver support. I tried Ubuntu-eee, which, to put it bluntly, does not work for me at all (slow, terrible battery life, even worse interface). I've heard that Jaunty Jackalope is going to have better netbook support, but that's all the way in April! Is there a distro out now that will free me from XP's terribleness without being terrible itself?

Brilliant advice. Really, you are a model of reading comprehension.

Re:Ubuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971203)

What would've made it even better is to replace "Terribleness" with "Terribloscity"

eeebuntu (4, Informative)

IMarvinTPA (104941) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970705)

You may wish to try [] which is NOT the same as Ubuntu-eee.

It has worked decently on my 1000HD.


Re:eeebuntu (2, Informative)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970993)

Seconded. I'm using it right now on my EEE 900HA. I'm using the Netbook remix, which I really like so far. It's the standard Ubuntu load, plus a netbook interface over the desktop. Looks cool too.

Re:eeebuntu (2, Informative)

lt. slock (1123781) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971015)

I'll second that. I've been using eeebuntu base on my 901 happily enough, battery life seems to be about 5 hours.

Re:eeebuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971335)

Awake from suspend doesn't work on my 901/eeebuntu base. X gets confused and tries to display on something other than the internal or connected external screen. (what, I have no idea)

Killing X sometimes works, and will get me back to a gdm loging window, but then I've lost my session and it's easier to just shutdown instead of sleep.

Re:eeebuntu (1)

RDanW (1293566) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971245)

I ran the ubuntu-eee on my 900 for some time. Straight out of the box did not work for wireless or the sound. There was a patch called Nice-EEE or something along those lines that did a fairly good job of cleaning up the drivers and making everything work,but it was spotty. After a shutdown I would occasionally have to rerun the patch and after every update as well. I eventually switched over to eeeBuntu and it has worked flawlessly since.

Re:eeebuntu (1)

Neuroprophet (12311) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971295)

I'll third this. I'm using eeebuntu base on my 701. Works like a charm and still leaves some room on the tiny drive.

Almost everything worked out of the box. Only thing I had to fix was the wireless on/off hotkey.

Haven't tried the webcam but I usually use my eee offline on the train.

Before switching to eeebuntu I tried easy peasy, stock ubuntu and eeeXubuntu. All had many issues and needed quite a bit of tinkering after install.

Re:eeebuntu (1)

SoTerrified (660807) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971357)

When I finally grew tired of the stock Xandros that came pre-installed on my eeepc 900, I installed EEEbuntu (Netbook) and I was so impressed (wireless worked, sound worked) it's a keeper. Installation was almost effortless (certainly easier than installing Windows) and with Wine, I'm currently running all the Linux and Windows software I ever wanted on my laptop.

Re:eeebuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971419)

I'm running Eeebuntu as well and am quite pleased with it.

Re:eeebuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971439)

+1. Using this on my EeeBox and its pretty sweet.

Re:eeebuntu (5, Informative)

theaceoffire (1053556) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971459)

Like the others, I too support this version.

Not only does it work well, but it remembers your Wifi settings and doesn't pester you, so that when you walk close enough to one setting you set up before it will auto connect...

When I go from home to work, It swaps networks automatically.

Re:eeebuntu (1)

stevied (169) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971485)

I'm currently trying to shoe-horn it onto my 2Gb Surf.. not entirely straightforward, as the only version that fits is Base, and that doesn't include any apps, but I can understand why the 2Gb versions might be a bit of a nuisance to support out of the box. It certainly looks like the best starting platform out of the many alternatives I've looked at.

Which distro? Debian. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26970719)

Powerful. Free. []

Re:Which distro? Debian. (5, Informative)

stevey (64018) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970809)


I've been running Debian's Lenny release upon my Eee PC for the past few months. Everything works, from the power buttons, sound, video, camera, wireless.

The only instructions I used were those on the wiki you link to.

Still this question is going to receive the obvious replies - everybody will suggest the distribution they know and like the best (the two are often the same).

I'd say "try a few, choose your favourite", but I suspect the better thing to do would just be to pick what you're using elsewhere, or whatever local people are using. Then if you have problems you'll have people to ask.

Debian + wicd. - Re:Which distro? (1)

steve9001 (1468303) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971167)

I've been using Debian Lenny on eee 1000 for about 6 months now. Works good for me. After installing from the OS from the DebianEeePC link above, then install wicd from here. The wicd made my debian eee pc much more enjoyable. [] ##### Too bad Tim didn't buy the linux version of the eee PC, even though you pay the same price for the windows version, you pay the microsoft tax in the form of a smaller harddrive. Still, better late than never.

Fedora (1)

bibdectrl (1369343) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970739)

Works out-of-the-box on my 701eeepc

Re:Fedora (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971473)

I love fedora on my 901. Just create a live USB key and off you go.

Xubuntu (2, Informative)

jfbilodeau (931293) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970749)

For what it's worth, I've been running Xubuntu on my Eee ever since I got it. 100% happy with it, and used it to develop a little control panel for my Eee PC using Anjuta. []


Re:Xubuntu (4, Informative)

Fungii (153063) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971235)

I'm the same, I've got Xubuntu and compiz running and it's perfect, get some minimal window decorations and you're sorted.

Just do a standard installation, then head over to [] and follow the instructions to install the kernel which will get your wireless and hotkeys working. [] is an excellent forum if you have any more questions. There are a few threads there that have step by step guides to installing and configuring Xubuntu, but there really isn't much to it beyond getting a custom kernel.

Easy Peasy (3, Informative)

EverStoned (620906) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970757)

It really is [] .

Re:Easy Peasy (1)

ericrost (1049312) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971075)

I do have to say, that website looks like ass. I probably wouldn't download something that was linked off of something that looked that thrown together and loads that damned slowly. I use Ubuntu Netbook Remix and like it on my Dell Mini 9.. I don't know what Easy Peasy looks like, contains, etc, and now their server has fallen over....

don't want to sound elitist (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26970759)

I hate to sound elitist here, but if you aren't capable of writing your OWN drivers for your hardware, you aren't welcome in the Linux community. Take your newb shit to M$ Winblows.

I think I speak for all of slashdot when I say this.

Re:don't want to sound elitist (4, Insightful)

agrounds (227704) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971133)

I think I speak for all of slashdot when I say this.

No, you really don't. You just speak for judgmental, obnoxious pricks that believe the world should operate only according to their narrow-minded rules. People like you are the reason linux only enjoys a 1.2% marketshare.

A lot of us actually would like to see better market penetration and a system that is universally accessible and enjoyed by users of all proficiency levels. This is a requirement for the big software houses to want to port their products to *nix.

Re:don't want to sound elitist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971477)

Don't worry about sounding "elitist", sounding like a total asshole trumps that, easily.

You're best bet (5, Funny)

Dishwasha (125561) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970765)

If you're struggling to use Windows XP on a daily basis, perhaps you should try something like this laptop [] . I'm certain you will find yourself struggling just as much and see just as much bloat with any kind of GNU/Linux distribution, so this can really cut down on the learning curve and usability issues.

Re:You're best bet (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971077)

this laptop []

Pfft, I've installed BSD on one of those. It was easier than the toaster, as this at least has a keyboard.

I was stumped by the dead badger though, but it is rumoured to be possible.

I hear once you get BSD running on a badger you really have earned your stripes.

Windows 7 (4, Interesting)

heffrey (229704) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970777)

If you like vista why not stick windows 7 on it?

Re:Windows 7 (1)

djveer (1179631) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970931)

Although i'm sure that might be good for him, Windows 7 is still only beta and the beta expires in August [] .

Re:Windows 7 (1)

RonnyJ (651856) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971455)

Not sure why this is modded offtopic.

If you like Vista, Windows 7 is less resource hungry, and you can try out the beta and then the Release Candidate at least until July, the RC will probably extend that limit until later in the year.

What driver issues? (2, Informative)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970785)

What about the Eee 1000HA had hardware driver support issues?

The Intel Atom restricts the platform enough that there's very little hardware variance between units. WiFi and card readers are about the only thing that varies. I know the Atheros WiFi chipset used in the Aspire One series has some issues with "out of the box" Ubuntu support, but if you connect once via wired Ethernet you can apt-get a package that includes drivers that work. See the ath5k entry in the release notes - []

The only hardware issues I've had with my Acer Aspire One and vanilla Ubuntu were:
1) The above wifi issue
2) Kubuntu's initial Bluetooth issues, this was resolved in the latest round of KDE updates. (This was with a third-party BT dongle, and KDE Bluetooth support was entirely broken on all systems with recent kernels.)
3) Um... I think that's it?

Re:What driver issues? (1)

n0dna (939092) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971277)

It's been my experience that Atheros chipsets have "some issues" (like they don't ever work) "out of the box" on the *.10 releases of Ubuntu. I thought I read somewhere that the *.10 are *secretly experimental* releases. That's certainly been my experience. Maybe he should try 8.04.

eeebuntu on 900 (1)

Meneth (872868) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970801)

I run eeebuntu on an Eee PC 900. Most of it is ok, though I had to do a bunch of command-line and config-file magic to make wifi and the touchpad work.

Wifi is now stable, but the touchpad forgets its settings every time I log out, so I have to reset it all the time. Rather annoying.

Re:eeebuntu on 900 (1)

Apotekaren (904220) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971095)

The newest iteration, Eeebuntu 2.0 works out of the box, and you only need to run a configuration application(to cater the different models of the EeePC, 700/900/100) once, and then it's all fine. I'm running Eeebuntu 2.0 Standard after trying XandrOS, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Eee, OS X and Eeebuntu 1.0.

ext4 is worth the wait? (1)

revjtanton (1179893) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970827)

I don't own a netbook (yet...I'm getting one soon though!) but I've been looking into this a lot myself.

I would say that at the moment there isn't an OS out there that lends itself to the particular brand of configuration required for the netbooks, but if you wait just a bit longer it'll be worth the wait.

Aside from Windows 7's support for netbooks, the ext4 file system to be used with "Jaunty" will help with all the things you've complained about with Ubuntu as well as helping with boot time.

"As computers become faster in general and specifically Linux [] becomes used more for mission critical applications, the granularity of second-based timestamps becomes insufficient. To solve this, ext4 will have timestamps measured in nanoseconds. This feature is currently implemented in 2.6.23. In addition, 2 bits of the expanded timestamp field are added to the most significant bits of the seconds field of the timestamps to defer the year 2038 problem for an additional 500 years.

Support for date-created timestamps was added in ext4. However, as Theodore Ts'o points out, while adding an extra creation date field in the inode is easy (thus technically enabling support for date-created timestamps in ext4), modifying or adding the necessary system calls, like stat() (which would probably require a new version), and the various libraries that depend on them (like glibc) is not trivial and would require the coordination of many different projects[8]. So even if ext4 developers implement initial support for creation-date timestamps, this feature will not be available to user programs for now."

eeebuntu (2, Interesting)

iTowelie (1118013) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970833)

So far I have tried the following operating systems in this order:

vLited Vista Home
Ubuntu eee
eeebuntu Standard
nLited XP
eeebuntu NetBookRemix.

Just last night I switched back from XP to eeebuntu 2.0 NBR. Why? Well, it just works beautifully OOTB with my 701SD and the GUI works well with the 7" screen. All I had to do was edit my fstab to automatically mount my Airdisk and media shares on my Vista box and that was that. I use it to browse the web, edit/view spreadsheets and to remote into some of my home computers. ZSNES is also a crucial download.

I honestly don't really notice the battery drain. If I want to compute for 2+ hours, I will use my desktop to avoid sore wrists by using the 701SD's small keyboard.

Wait (4, Funny)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970841)

You like Vista, but dislike XP?

What's it like in your parallel universe? Can I visit?

Re:Wait (1)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971155)

You like Vista, but dislike XP?

If I was the target audience for Vista I'd stay anonymous, too.

Re:Wait (3, Informative)

MrZaius (321037) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971169)

It's like the event logs suddenly became human readable, the shell started to suck less, and a KDE-like start menu started letting me just type in what I want without navigating the typical Windows Start Menu hell. It's harder than you might think to go back to XP after a substantial period of time on an optimized Vista install.

Not that there's any way at all that I'll defend its astoundingly slow file transfers and deletion speeds, after a service-pack and years of patches. Still, it works well enough in-game and does have some strong points from an administrator's perspective, given modern hardware and well-written drivers. (Albeit not well enough to get me to use it more than 20% of the time.)

Re:Wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971207)

Yeah, basically he's saying "I have these weird tastes now recommend something for me". I don't see how anyone can answer his question.

EeePC -- OS and potential (1)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970865)

I would use Ubuntu on EeePC as it can REALLY be trimmed down, well, at least in theory.

Here's my dream OS configuration for EeePC.

(a) Enough computing power to do things efficiently.
(b) Operate in two modes seamlessly:
        (1) Portable "netbook" mode.
        (2) Tethered mode, where you attach a USB keyboard and disk and a monitor, and it works like a full fledged desktop. Correctly detects the USB drive and replaces /usr or /usr/local with a partition on the USB drive so that it includes "all" the programs you want.

I'm sorry to the XP-hater (5, Funny)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970869)

I can't take seriously someone who claims he loves Vista AND considers XP to be crap.

I can kinda, sorta understood someone liking Vista's pretty new interface, but I've been using XP for 7 years now, and it's far from being crap. It's the most stable OS I've ever used, second only to the Mac OS. Vista on the other hand..... I can't even get it to play video on or It's not the worst OS I've ever used (Windows 3 was worse), but it's still pretty sad.

Re:I'm sorry to the reality-hater (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26970945)

But I can't take seriously someone who wants to watch videos on

Re:I'm sorry to the reality-hater (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971525)

you are a narrow-minded prick. ever heard of 'knowing the enemy'? you probably like to spout the virtues of free speech, but can't stand it when someone says something you don't like. nice double-standard you got there.

Re:I'm sorry to the XP-hater (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971217)

Way to go, friend. Windows 3 wasn't an OS, it was a multitasking window manager. DOS was the OS.

Re:I'm sorry to the XP-hater (5, Funny)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971487)

I can't take seriously someone who claims he loves Vista AND considers XP to be crap.

I can kinda, sorta understood someone liking Vista's pretty new interface, but I've been using XP for 7 years now, and it's far from being crap. It's the most stable OS I've ever used, second only to the Mac OS. Vista on the other hand..... I can't even get it to play video on or It's not the worst OS I've ever used (Windows 3 was worse), but it's still pretty sad.

The OP certainly has weird taste in somehow hating XP but liking Vista. They're not that different. XP is stable, and Vista is more stable. Vista is faster for most daily tasks (remember that our /. story showing 7 faster than XP in something like 19 of 22 tasks also showed Vista faster than XP in most tasks). Vista is slower for disk manipulation, which is baffling. They're equivalent for gaming - Vista is no longer any slower, but DX10 is still useless. Vista doesn't slow down over time like XP did, though this was never a problem for knowledgeable users anyway.

There's no difference between the two in playing videos from cnn or that other place. The least computer literate people I know, people who can't understand what a pixel is, what a network connection is, or that there's a difference between a "computer" and "software" can do that with absolutely no problem.

Your sig is stupid, btw.

Dedicated distro (1)

DSmith1974 (987812) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970905)

I don't know how transferable it is, but I purchased an Asus Aspire ONE for my better half at xmas and it came with a Linpus Distro which is a Netbook OS based on Fedora 8. Out of the bag it's a little locked down but after a few minutes of searching you can unlock the desktop and get an XFCE window manager and package-installer. Support for drivers is great - but then you'd expect that since it was the original OS that came with the Netbook.

Ubuntu 8.10 + Netbook Remix (2, Informative)

GweeDo (127172) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970923)

I have a Dell Mini 9 that I run stock Ubuntu 8.10 + the Netbook Remix interface on and love it. There is a good 3-4GB left on the 8GB SSD even with OpenOffice 3 and a few other bigger apps.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix (1)

ericrost (1049312) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970933)

All the drivers for netbook hardware out of the box, two choices for the interface, and runs pretty darned will in 512 MB of memory.

I have it running on a Dell Mini 9 which is fairly similar to the eee. []

I've tried a few, I recommend Ubuntu Netbook Remix (0, Troll)

agent0range_ (472103) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970947)

I use the ubuntu netbook remix. I have tried Xandros (default), eeeXubuntu (worked pretty well), and gentoo (pain in the ass to set up, but that's what gentoo is all about).

I recommend trying the netbook remix of Ubuntu. It's the one I have kept using the longest because I like the interface and it works well with the low resolution (I have an eee 701).

OpenSuSE? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26970955)

I was considering buying one and putting OpenSuSE on it. There's a walkthrough on the OpenSuSE website:

Good Luck!

(Anonymous Coward) ;-)

Samsung NC10 + Ubuntu + WinXP + MacOSX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26970971)

Im running Ubuntu 8.10 on my Samsung NC10, and aside from a bit of command line stuff to get the Atheros WiFi working correctly, and most of the FN combinations not working (there are hacks and workarounds, but im lazy) i think its more than useable. Though i triple boot WindowsXP, Ubuntu and MacOSX 10.5.6, and aside from a few niggles in Ubuntu and MacOS the little Samsung works wonders.

Go to the source Luke, erm, whatever your name is. (1)

Stumbles (602007) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970973)

Well if you feel like compiling from source, a guy here; [] put Lunar-Linux on his with minimal issues.

Head to the forum at (1)

ed (79221) | more than 5 years ago | (#26970975)

At present my 701 uses eeeXubuntu. Which is fine save for WPA2 which I am having soem problems with, but you should get better quality adive there than from the bearpit that is Slashdot

Ubuntu 8.10 (1)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971021)

Ubuntu 8.10 + kernel is just fine.

At least on eee pc 900 you still need to use ndiswrapper for wlan - even if it would appear that the native drivers work, they don't. The connection is slower and breaks easier with them.

Ubuntu 8.04 on my 900A (1)

jddeluxe (965655) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971025)

I have the newer Asus eee 900A model running Ubuntu 8.04, no issues at all to speak of; if you can use the Google getting all the tips/tweaks to get it properly installed/running/tuned is no big whoop. Also, you should be able to find a backup .ISO for the Xandros distro available on the web, I personally can't stand it, but it might suit you better....

Re:Ubuntu 8.04 on my 900A (1)

Anne Honime (828246) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971567)

I second that, although after a while I realised that xandros somehow grew on me to the point I'm doing my things mostly with it. I reserve Xubuntu for those rare cases I need somthing I can't run with stock xandros (GNUstep, for instance).

Easy Peasy? (1)

magpie (3270) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971033)

Ok I have an AA1 rather than an eee pc, but Easy Peasy [] works fine(I did an update and the issues it did have went).

Zenwalk Linux (1)

Sh1fty (1019804) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971039)

I've been running Zenwalk on my EEE 901 for months now and haven't had much trouble. I wouldn't suggest it for people who like everything working out of the box, since I had to install both wifi and eth drivers on my own, so you don't have any connectivity in the beginning. You should definitely try the OS you're considering on a virtual machine first, just to be sure that you like it. Also, whichever distro you choose, you'll have to do your homework first ;)


rtobyr (846578) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971043)

I've got Ubuntu running just fine on my Eee 901 using NDISWrapper. Go to [] and download the following onto a flash drive (you'll get them with the .deb extension upon clicking the link for your architecture--i386):

From the Misc category: ndiswrapper-common and ndiswrapper-utils-1.9

From the Network category: ndisgtk

Put your flash drive into your Ubuntu Eee. Double click the .deb files in the order that I mentioned them above. Now you'll have a "Windows Wireless Drivers" item in your System/Administration menu. Open it and feed it the .inf and .sys files from your windows wifi drivers.

Amazing coincidence, freshmeat release? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971087)

In the side bar when I saw this story there was a release for this []

Has anyone tried it on an eee pc?

not linux (0, Offtopic)

castironpigeon (1056188) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971093)

In my own limited experience I have not found a single Linux distro that works well out of the box. Stick to Windows or plan to make this a weekend project.

cruncheee is based off ubuntu and works OOTB (1)

EponymousCustard (1442693) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971107)

i've tried xandros->eeebuntu->ubuntu->debian (which worked well OOTB) now i'm on cruncheee, which also works well out of the box on my eee 701, except i experience the same firefox lag that i also experienced with ubuntu. (debian didn't noticeably have this problem but i wanted to try openbox and cruncheee was just a iso file away -home dir on my SD card.)

HP 2133 Netbook (1)

sindicate (1412743) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971111)

My hp2133 runs Ubuntu 8.10, just fine. Video drivers make the process slightly ragged getting the OS on the unit, but once thats done, its smooth sailing. Ubuntu had the most hardware support for netbooks of the distros i looked into.

I recommend... (2, Interesting)

n3tcat (664243) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971127)

Windows 7. I'm sure it would rate the performance of your EEE PC in the 3.5 range.

What a waste of DNA (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971135)

Go away. Slashdot is not Google. Learn to use Google. In any case, Slashdot is the last group of people I'd ask for recommendations on Linux distros if I wanted a definitive answer; if I wanted to watch a pissing contest then I'd go and watch the chimps at the zoo

Debian Lenny with extra Repo (1)

TP2k (1096999) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971139)

I use plain Debian (Lenny) on my eee 901. Most things work out-the-box and for the things that don't there is a eee Repo [] .

The things I needed to install from the eee Repo were the wireless drivers (rt2860) and the acpi-scripts.

I personally much prefer using a mainstream distro instead of a small(er) project that might disappear one day.

Slackware (1)

DJ Haruko (798333) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971141)

I've been using Slackware 12.1 on my 900A Eee PC for a while now. Before that, I was using it on a 701. In both cases, it worked really well and was very responsive (I chose to use Xfce as my desktop environment since I wasn't that familiar with Fluxbox at the time). I've even done some Common Lisp programming on them with a locally compiled SBCL. One thing I noticed in particular was that I got more free space out of my 4gb SSD than with Ubuntu-Eee or the default Xandros-based distro. Slackware 12.2 should actually work out of the box. 12.1 required a modified kernel and a few other things (packages at [] ). The only thing to keep in mind is that I do a lot of things by hand on my boxen, such as set up wifi connections on the command line, so Slackware may not be the best choice for you if you're not used to this sort of thing. I did a short writeup on installing onto my 701 on my blog, as well: []

don't like XP?!? (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971161)

I have a eee 900 with XP pro. I run world of warcraft, SQL server, and visual studio on it. (did upgrade to 2gb ram).

Never had a problem with anything, but that's also due to understanding what it can and cannot do on such limited hardware.

I do really like it, although I've got my eyes on the N10 model now...

mandriva 2009.0 (2, Informative)

marros (1028810) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971165)

I have a MSI wind and installed Mandriva 2009.0 and everything worked from the start. The hardware on the wind is almost the same as the eePC, and Mandriva was designed with netbooks in mind.

Mandriva 2008.1 (1)

Skid_00 (1250068) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971171)

I have one of the original EEE PC 701 models and I put Mandriva 2008.1 and KDE onto the 4GB SSD. Web cam, wireless, everything works. I haven't even used the 4GB SDHC card yet. Mandriva + the EEE makes for a very nice and powerful, yet portable package for light surfing, emails and SSH connections to the home net. Skid

Fedora 9 (1)

esocid (946821) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971181)

I'm using Fedora 9 on my (old, I know) dell inspirion 5100. All the devices are supported, but the wireless did take an hour or two to set up using ndiswrapper. Although, I take that back. It took an hour or two to figure out which was the right driver I needed.

I'm holding off on compiling the new kernel until I assemble my new desktop, just waiting for the case and CPU. Or I may just put Fedora 10 on.

Ubuntu 8.10 with Array kernel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971209)

Ubuntu 8.10 is working fine on my Eee 1000HD. Installed from a USB key, changed the kernel and rebooted - wifi worked straight away. has details on how to handle the special kernel for the Eee.

ubuntu-eee (well, easy peasy) is fine... (1)

Rhys (96510) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971225)

Just make sure you stick on eee-control (you'll have to install some of their acpi script stuff, all easy to do with the package manager) and turn off the junk you aren't using.

I had been using stock ubuntu before that, with the (go there, set up his repos) kernel + eee-control. Battery life was better using that than ubuntu-eee, so I may end up back there yet.

Wireless is a bit touchy either way. I've heard that using ndiswrapper fixes that, but wireless has been "good enough" for my use.

I would give MEPIS a try (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971233)

I would give Mepis 8 a try. Despite it is not a special Eee distribution, with my Samsung NC10 everything works OOTB.

Several users have also installed it successfully in a Eeepc 1000HA. More info here []

Use? (2, Informative)

mattpm (1135875) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971259)

What exactly are you using your EeePC for? If you are simply using it for email and internet I don't see how XP can be so frustrating. I use XP on my 901 and it works like a charm for what is essentially surfing, msn (with miranda client of course) and taking lecture notes. I find the secret to increased usability and efficiency with XP on a small screen is to disable all desktop icons, move the taskbar to the top and keep your start menu organized.

Defending WinXP Weakly (1)

thomas_of_needham (1138925) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971275)

I run xampp with Apache server on my Asus EEE 1000 and it performs quite well along with a wireless usb modem talking to my server for a Geocaching application. The application fits on a USB flash drive as well. If you are into Geocaching you can see various versions at [] All in all the Asus with WinXp is a great netbook that runs my applications perfectly.

Stock Ubuntu (5, Informative)

jalefkowit (101585) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971281)

I found stock Ubuntu Intrepid with a few tweaks to be easier to set up and more pain-free than any of the "easy/tuned" distros are. Once I had everything working (including wireless), I wrote up a HOWTO explaining how to go from bare metal to a fully working system [] so that others wouldn't have to go digging through a dozen forums to find the info. Check it out, might be all you need to get up and going.


ag3ntugly (636404) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971429)

I installed slackware 12.2 on my eee 900, (had to do it from an SD card, but thats not too hard) and everything works. I didn't have to monkey around with anything to get anything working. I just copied my rc.inet1 from another machine to bring up the wireless at boot and viola. It's wayyyy faster than XP too. Feels really good on that little machine.

Ubuntu 8.04 + kernel (1)

John Anonymous (73428) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971461)

On my EEEPC 901, I installed stock Ubuntu 8.04 from a USB flash drive using UNetbootin, then added the kernel ( [] ). All hardware works, including accelerated video, wireless, etc.

Ubuntu 8.10 on the same netbook was horribly slow.

Instead of wanting a distro that "just works"... (1)

thereofone (1287878) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971467)

...put a little effort into making it work how you want it to work. Every distribution has a fairly comprehensive wiki at this point. Even if they don't, you can almost always figure out what to do from another distro's howto and documentation. Gone are the days of reading obtuse man pages on flickering consoles. Anyone with a length of cat5 and an afternoon can solve 99% of their issues and come out the better for it. Unless, of course, you get frustrated and fashion a noose with the ethernet cable.

Ubuntu Netbook-remix (1)

villindesign (1260484) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971505)

I've been using the 9.04 Ubuntu netbook-remix release without problem (even though it is an Alpha4 release). You might give it a try. The interface is very convenient for smaller screens and resolutions.

wifi drivers, atheros and ralink (3, Informative)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971511)

I bought a Eee, with Linux preinstalled to give to my wife for her birthday last week. The wifi didn't work. Called Asus tech support, and they figured out that the problem was that the machine had an RaLink wifi card, but the only one they had working drivers for was Atheros. They weren't able to offer any solution other than returning it, so I did.

Since they have RaLink on some of their machines, and they say they don't have working Linux drivers for RaLink, it sounds like some of the Windows versions have RaLink, and therefore the OP should check that before trying to switch to Linux.

If you look at the Amazon reviews for the model I bought [] , you'll see a lot of people complaining that they bought the Linux version, installed Windows, and then Windows didn't work right. On all of those, I clicked the "NO" link next to "Was this review helpful to you?," because that's just silly. If you want Windows, you buy the Windows version. Installing an OS on a desktop tends to be a hassle, doing it on a standard notebook has many more pitfalls, and doing it on a netbook is even more difficult to get right. It's pretty silly that these people are blaming Asus when essentially they just bought the wrong model.

The OP seems to be making the same mistake, but in reverse, which seems even less sensible to me. It means that MS is getting a Windows tax from him for an OS he doesn't like and isn't going to use. Great way to support an illegal monopoly when you didn't even have to, as well as creating huge hassles for yourself. My advice at this point would be either to return it if he can, or sell it on eBay, and then buy one with Linux preinstalled.

BTW, a little googling will show that a lot of people are receiving Eees with nonfunctional wifi. I'm really looking forward to the day when Linux-based desktop and laptop machines are so cheap and good that it puts MS out of business. Unfortunately, that day hasn't come yet. The quality just isn't there yet. I've bought PCs with Linux preinstalled from a variety of vendors (Great Quality, WalMart, Asus) over the last 5 years or so. The best that ever happened was that the hardware was fine but the version of Linux that came preinstalled (ThizLinux, gOS) was lousy, so I wiped the disk and installed something else (FreeBSD, Ubuntu). The worst that ever happened was this experience with the Eee.

Try Arch Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971513) []

Download the the latest ISO/USB image (USB image would be preferable unless you have an external optical drive)

Links to mirrors / the torrent (pick i686) []

I use it with my Acer Aspire One, and all the drivers are working nicely

Mandriva 2009.1 (2, Informative)

edit0r (1167911) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971515)

Mandriva 2009.1 everything works out of the box

Mine came with Ubuntu... (1)

ashtophoenix (929197) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971527)

and the wireless as well as everything else works perfectly. I tried to do a dual boot to install XP and failed. The reason I was trying to install XP was that I wanted to use the Verizon Adapter for wireless via my cell as I didn't want to pay T-Mobile at a starbucks for wireless. The drivers/software to use a Verizon cellphone for Internet access via your computer is only available for Windows (and Macs too I suppose) but not for Linux. But as far as regular wireless/oofice and such go, Ubuntu works just fine for me out of the box.

Debian unstable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971535)

I'm using Debian unstable. I installed it using a bootable flash stick. Then run fdisk to partition, then encrypt with cryptsetup luks, then format the drives (mkfs.ext3 or whatever) , then use debootstrap to install a bare bones debian system, then setup fstab and modify initramfs scripts to boot an encrypted root.

It's really quite easy to do it yourself if you are an expert.

If you are security conscious you will want a separate encrypted partition you keep unmounted when going out (in case someone steals your laptop while it is in sleep or on)

PC-BSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971537)

PC-BSD has worked flawlessly on my 1000HA, sans built in webcam/mic and probably nic which I've never tried.
Stock FreeBSD works also but needs an updated atheros HAL (or use -CURRENT).

kismet with several hours of battery life is a wonderful thing.

Wireless (2, Interesting)

Nutty_Irishman (729030) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971581)

If you replace the wireless card with an intel based wireless card, you should have no problems with any linux distro. I replaced my wireless card on my MSI Wind with the Intel 3945 and have no problems in linux []

Dual Boot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26971595)

I'm dual booting Windows 7 7022 and Cruncheee on my 901, and they both work like a dream, try them out. I know Cruncheee supports the 1000 series, and I don't see any reason W7 wouldn't.

ubuntu-eee (1)

Vexorian (959249) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971599)

I installed ubuntu-eee 8.04.1 on my rather old eee (701 4G ) and it worked fine. Wireless, no slow down, the interface is good for small stuff and the battery drains fast - when the thing is turned off, this is a bug with the computer's itself and not related with the OS - I am not sure if it could have really gone much worse with 8.10 or if it is the computer that got worse with new releases.

HP MIE (2, Informative)

sam.haskins (1106069) | more than 5 years ago | (#26971605)

The HP "Mobile Internet Experience" Distro, designed to be only used on their netbooks, but _excellent_ on others, including my Lenovo S10 is my recommendation. You install it by using HP's "recovery usb key" tool :) Get it at [] It's very usuable, and fits right into the idea of a personal device as a resource to you. Plus, it's Ubuntu underneath, so you can add whatever you want :)
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