The MSI Wind laptop has generated a lot of excitement due to its low price and high quality feature set. But some of the earliest reviewers have pointed out that it was pretty difficult to figure out how to install Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, one of the most popular Linux distributions on the Wind. The installer just got stuck partway through the process.
But the Ubuntu team recently released Ubuntu 8.04.1, an incremental update. While this isn’t a major release with a ton of new features, one thing that has been fixed is support for the MSI Wind. You can download the disc image, burn it to a disc, plug it into a USB CD-ROM drive and install Ubuntu on an MSI Wind just as easily as on any other computer.
MSI Wind.net has a complete set of instructions for installing Ubuntu 8.04.1 using either the installer with a graphical user interface of a command line. If you don’t have a USB disc drive, you can also create a bootable USB flash disc following the instructions at Pen Drive Linux. The instructions for Ubuntu 8.04 reportedly also work with 8.04.1.