Ubuntu 8.10 on an Asus Eee PC 901Installing Ubuntu, or pretty much any other operating system, on an Asus Eee PC is easy. Getting the audio, WiFi, Bluetooth, and webcam to work is another story. Fortunately Tombuntu has posted a handy tutorial for getting the latest version of Ubuntu Linux to work on an Eee PC 901. The instructions should also work for an Asus Eee PC 1000, 1000H, and similar models with an Intel Atom processor.

Personally, I prefer Ubuntu Eee, a customized version of Ubuntu that includes the Ubuntu Netbook Remix interface and has all the tweaks and drives you want built right into the install disc. But the latest version of Ubuntu Eee is 8.04.1, which is based on a version of Ubuntu that’s about 6 months old. Ubuntu Eee developer Jon Ramvi does plan to issue an update, but it’s not available yet. If you’re impatient, you might want to check out the Tombuntu tutorial.

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6 replies on “Installing Ubuntu 8.10 on an Eee PC”

  1. Can you do next a distro that doesnt use the craptastic Gnome interface?

    I have friends who bought the Dell 9 and while the wifi works well, the audio-video situation sucks ass and all three of them were rather disgusted by what the Ubuntu’s Gnome interface offers.
    Totem is pure garbage for video and fugly and people should dump this ASAP for VLC which is amazing no matter what OS you use (I have never had to worry on Windows which codec/format Im using), its ridiculously simple yet can be very modifiable and just works.
    Rhythmbox is also just as bad for audio and Ive had to install for them Amarok which is a KDE player which is very reminiscent of the beloved ol Winamp.

    Finally, Pidgin on the Gnome side is useless as it doesnt do video for Yahoo IM (or any video) while the KDE Kopete does it.

    Its easy to forget that Linux has many interfaces (I prefer the simple and light XFCE which is ideal for old hardware) and its well known that Windows users invariably feel more at home with KDE.
    While not everyone wants to change every little thing in their interface, its still nice to have the option.

    I would still go with a distro that uses the v3.59 of KDE.
    The v4.1 is just about ready so it should be good for v.4.2. They did major infrastructure changes with v4.x and there are still loose ends to bring it back to 3.59 functionality.

    Tutorials with screenshots are always good but it does take for granted some things like “The Bluetooth radio and webcam both work after they have been enabled in the BIOS.”
    No, that’s not good enough. If youre gonna do this tutorial, dont be lazy and take things like that for granted. Explain how to enable it in the BIOS. He gets a 7/10.

    1. If you want KDE in Ubuntu, you only need to install KDE meta package and remove/purge Gnome packages.
      No need to be such a whiner if you don’t like Gnome. I like it much better than KDE, but I don’t complain that KUbuntu install KDE by default and that it should install Gnome instead.

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