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Which Distro For an Eee PC?

DJ Haruko Slackware (466 comments)

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 http://slackeee.strangled.net/). 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: http://blog.partition36.com/2008/07/04/eee-pc-meet-slackware/

more than 5 years ago
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(Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

DJ Haruko Sending/Reading email from a command line (2362 comments)

Using Mutt entirely from the command line to send an email (or sendmail/esmtp directly when I've had to) has impressed a few people. I've found it useful when I have to send a file from a server, or in scripts. For example:

echo "Hello, world" | mutt -s "My Subject" -a /attach/some/file/here nobody@nowhere.com

Sendmail/esmtp is similar, except that I usually type it in directly rather than using a pipe. Actually my use of Mutt, along with imapfilter and Emacs, as my preferred email solution has left a lot of people either confused, dumbfounded, or impressed.

more than 5 years ago

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