easy-peasy

The custom Linux distribution formerly known as Ubuntu Eee is now called Easy Peasy. And as of tonight, it’s available for download.

Easy Peasy is based on Ubuntu 8.10 and includes custom drivers and software to ensure that the operating  system works properly on most Asus Eee PC hardware. The disc image weighs in at just over 800MB, so you’ll either want to burn it to a DVD (rather than a CD) or use something like UNetbootin to install the OS using a USB flash drive.

I don’t have time to take Easy Peasy for a spin tonight as I have to wake up at the crack of dawn tomorrow (actually several hours before hte crack of dawn) to catch my flight to CES. But if you have a chance to try Easy Peasy out before I do, let us know what you think in the comments. How does it compare to Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1? What about Eeebuntu?

thanks bkobb!

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18 replies on “Easy Peasy Ubuntu-based Linux Distro for Eee PC now available”

  1. Far better than the default Xandros that came with my Eee Pc 900A. I am running it off of an 8Gig SDHC card in the expansion slot.

    Install was easy and fast. Everything worked out of the box. I enjoy the numerous features available through the interface, but I wish there was a way to get to normal workspace/desktop mode.

    Install prompt runs every time I boot, which is annoying, but not a game breaker. Horrid background with no way to customize/change wallpaper (not that I have found yet, anyway).

    Overall, I give this a thumbs up. I hope to see improvements and polish applied in the coming weeks an months.

    Thank you for this great product!

  2. boots up from a flash drive on lenovo netbook but doesn’t find wireless connections. It may need a little polish but that takes time.

  3. “Easy Peasy” is “noworkie workie”. There are better, more stable alternatives out there.

  4. After messing around with this and eeebuntu, I’m going to stick with Eeebuntu (full desktop version). Too many issues with Easy Peasy. Eeebuntu isn’t perfect either, with its insane boot time, but it’s more solid and polished. Linux is my secondary OS anyways, I mainly use it when I need to do some word processing without the temptation of opening up some games and playing those instead.

    Also in theory I like the netbook interfaces, they’re simple, pretty and a neat idea. In practice though I just feel to restricted, like I’m working on a cell phone or something.

  5. Hi Josh,

    Can you say how you fixed the constant installer running problem? I have that issue at the moment and struggling to find anything on line that covers it.

    Thanks.

  6. First impressions on my Eee 1000… installation went smoothly, with the exception of the installer restarting each time I restart the system. Internet was there immediately, the camera looks good too.

    Sound is there, however playback is very soft and the default configurations in Skype give errors. I agree with another commenter when they said that it lacks polish.

    Also: if you go through all the effort to rebrand your Linux and can’t muster a logo that isn’t masked appropriately to remove the white edges in order to blend in with the desktop background, you have somehow failed at life.

    1. OK, turns out both the sound and constant installer restarting are known issues and were pretty easily fixed. The logo thing is aggravating but the rest of the system is pretty solid!!

      I’ll definitely use it despite the silly name!

    2. Easy Peasy was required to rebrand by Canonical for trademark violation of the Ubuntu marks. The original developers thought they were free to use the Ubuntu marks for derivative works and called the distro ubuntu-eee for a significant period of time. It’s understandable since Canonical’s trademark rules are fuzzy about what constitutes what can be called a Ubuntu remix and what can not be. The new logo and the new name were done quickly to come into compliance with Canonical’s cease and desist request. I think its appropriate to cut them some slack on the logo polish when they are under threat of legal action from Canonical to get the logo changed quickly.

      -jef

  7. I hope EASYPEASY is better than eeebuntu

    eeebuntu is kind of hit and miss. it’s far too…. like a distro someone knocked together as a back up? It comes with no compiz support at all (yeh, try installing it still won’t work), a bizarre version of firefox with needless add-ons already installed (download em all?! I mean adblock plus would’ve made sense, but not some obscure needless-on-a-netbook youtube downloading tool!) and a horrid logo that’s in far too many places throughout the system.

  8. I dicked around with Easy Peasy yesterday. It could use some polish but all the hardware worked right out of the box. I haven’t played with eeebuntu yet so I can’t say which one is better.

  9. Long time reader, first time poster.

    hi there!
    well.. im typing right now from an EEEpc 900, on EEEUbuntu.. as long for now much better than plain ubuntu 8.4.
    First of all atheros driveres are already installed, so.. we have wifi.
    Sound exelent, mp3 no problem playing on banshee or VCL… though video codecs are a bit poor.. for example .rmvb wont play out of the box.

    It has pidgin as well as aMSN, so we can choose our messanger.
    it already has compiz, and the AWNManager is really a quickapp with very nice ones.

    ill try it 4 a few more houres to check everything up and let you guys now.

  10. There is also a Ubuntu 8.10 based distro out with the Open Box Window Manager called CrunchEee. It is quick due tot the OpenBox Window Manager aspect of it, uses very low ram and CPU. Can use Ubuntu Repostitories. There is a live CD to try without needing to install (don’t know how it would work with a touchscreen mod).

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