Eeebuntu is a custom version of Ubuntu Linux designed for netbooks. And the latest version, Eeebuntu 3.0 is based on the recently launched Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, which means it has all the latest features included in a standard Ubuntu installation. While Canonical, the company that maintains Ubuntu, has built improved support for netbooks into Jaunty Jackalope, Eeebuntu 3.0 uses a custom kernel designed to work with all of the hardware and custom hotkeys on most Asus Eee PC netbooks.

Eeebuntu comes in three versions, Standard, Base, and NBR. The standard version includes a basic Ubuntu installation plus some extra bells and whistles including Compiz desktop effects and popular applications including and the VLC  Media Player. NBR includes the Ubuntu Netbook Remix interface. And the Base edition is a stripped down version that comes with fewer applications. This means the operating system is faster to download and takes up less space on your computer. You can always install the missing apps or others after the operating system is installed.

Eeebuntu Base 3.0 is now available for download. The developers hope to make Eeebuntu Standard and NBR 3.0 available soon. A new version using the light weight LXDE window manager should follow soon after.

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13 replies on “Eeebuntu 3.0 Base Linux distro for Eee PC now available”

  1. i always wanted to buy a Linux laptop just to know what the fuss was
    about. looked up a Youtube video & i was impressed. too bad i dont
    know where to buy a Linux/Ubuntu laptop/netbook. Also i dont know how to
    install it ona windows 7 laptop and not f*ck it up. i hope this is a
    sign of great things to come for Ubuntu. 

  2. Two panels? Why waste the vertical screen space?

    The last version of EEEBuntu Base that I investigated included Mono libraries but NO applications that used Mono.

    All of this is utterly stupid.

    Just install Kubuntu Jaunty instead. Full desktop functionality, one re-sizeable panel, no wasted disk space (important for systems with SSDs), works out of the box on netbooks, runs much faster, and is more mainstream than any remix distributions.

  3. Which Linux distribution do experienced users recommend for a prospective user who recently purchased an Asus Eee PC1000HE? At the risk of revealing my inexperience, may I also ask the best way to create a dual boot? In baby-steps, please! Most of my experience is with MAC OS. My interest in Linux is largely curiosity. I want to explore a new (to me) operating system.

    1. I think Eeebuntu is best for Eees right now, particularly Base which does not install a boatload of unneeded applications. You can add any apps you want after installation.

      But soon Moblin and Jolicloud may far outclass it. And the two panels rock. People think their own personal tastes are Vulcan logic — sheesh.

      Spend some time on and Investigate the big name distros and the obscure cool ones like Slitaz. Distros are like religions. I don’t care for KDE-based distros like Kubuntu, for example, while the next guy likes it.

      Experiment, perhaps by installing the distros on outboard USB drives that you can wipe and re-do without affecting your internal OS. On the Eee you can choose the boot source with each boot, without messing with the BIOS setup.

    2. The book _Asus_Eee_PC_for_Dummies_ has a couple of chapters on installing and using Linux programs and also two free download bonus chapters, “Using Other Linux Distributions,” and “Ten Power Saving Tips.”,navId-322455,descCd-DOWNLOAD.html
      (Brad mentioned the book and free download chapters a few months back, when it came out.) As with any material about software, it can be quickly dated, but I’m sure it has some useful information.

      Actually I’ve got a copy of the book on order myself (, $14.84). I’m not trying to pose as expert. I’ve read a little about Linux and played with wubi and live installations a couple of hours but have very little hands-on experience. (I hit a stumbling block when my wireless adapter wouldn’t work and I was supposed to cut something out of a tarball or some such 🙂 (see new post below)*

      I also bought a 1000HE a couple of months ago and ordered a 900A refurb a couple of days ago. I had spent some time on the forums a year or so ago, but switched more to Brad’s eeesite and Liliputing when all the other brands came out. seems intimidating with its 10s of thousands of topics and 100s of thousands of posts, outdated wiki, often neglected blog, etc, but I went back there last week with some questions about the purchase of my 900A and everybody was very friendly and helpful. I think we can also get help with these things in the Liliputing forums.

      Eeebuntu Base sounds good to me, but I want to study Xandros awhile before I dump it. I would like to play with Cruncheee, and try some other small distros on a couple of old desktops. When I get time I hope to use the 900A to play with different versions, and may put in a bigger SSD and use a multiple boot setup.

      1. * My problems with the wireless adapter, mentioned above, were not with my Eee PC but with an old large laptop. I haven’t tried Linux on the 1000HE yet.

        I’m afraid we’re not helping much so far. Here’s a little more about special linux variants for the Eee PC:

        Also I searched “dual boot” (with quotes) on the wiki and in the forum search engine and among other things ran across this article:,2817,2319615,00.asp which seems extremely complicated. I know I’ve seen easier procedures in the past.

        The Ubuntu “wubi” installation ( I used on the other laptop was extremely easy and does not require a hard drive partition, although, if I remember correctly, it had easy instructions for turning the wubi install into a disc partition setup. Also, I think this is usually very easy with disc partitioning software, some of which is free.

        I don’t think wubi works with eeebuntu yet, but, if not, it probably will soon. When the spirit moves me to try these things again I’ll post about it in the Liliputing forums.

  4. Why the heck are they using two panels? Those extra few pixels are crucial in netbooks!

    1. It is often the default in Gnome-based desktops. It is very easy to increase or decrease the size of either or both panels, or to hide them. The two panels are fine even on an EeePC 701 which has the smallest screen in the product line.

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