Installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron on an HP Mini-Note is about as easy as downloading the ISO, burning it to a CD and hitting the install button from Windows or booting from the LiveCD. But getting the WiFi, sound, and graphics drivers working properly is another story.

Lee over at the MiniNote User forums has built what I think is the first custom version of Ubuntu 8.04 designed to work out of the box on the Mini-Note. MinBuntu should install working WiFi drivers, standard updates, and the VIA Chrome 3D acceleration software. He let out OpenOffice.org, but you should be able to install it yourself easily enough.

The ISO is currently available as a ZIP file which you can download from Lee’s server, but hopefully someone will create a torrent soon because the download speeds are pretty slow right now.

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4 replies on “MinBuntu: Ubuntu 8.04 custom built for the HP Mini-Note”

  1. anyone know of a place where I can still get a copy of this distro, the site seems broken and I would love to give it a try. Drop me an email if you have a copy.

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