While anyone can install Ubuntu Linux on an Eee PC, you need to do a little tweaking to get the WiFi working. And if you want the Fn keys to let you adjust the volume and screen brightness, that’s a little more tweaking. Shortly after the Eee PC was releeased last year, OasisBob at the EeeUser forums put together eeeXubuntu, a custom version of Xubuntu designed to work out of the box with the Eee PC, adding support for the computer’s hardware.
But there hasn’t been an official update to eeeXubuntu in ages. The installer uses Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon even though Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron has been out for several months. Sure, you could always install Gutsy and upgrade to Hardy, but it turns out there’s a simpler way to install Ubuntu 8.04 on an Eee PC if you’re a Linux newbie.
Yesterday, a small team of developers released Ubuntu Eee, another custom version of Ubuntu 8.04 designed to work with the Eee PC. Ubuntu Eee includes support for all of the Eee PC’s hardware, including the WiFi card. Here are a few of the other optimizations:
- Fonts are reduced by 20% to give you more screen real estate
- Removed some optional packages like gnome-user-guide, ubuntu-docs, brasero, gimp, and evolution (you can always reinstall these applications if you need them)
- Installed 915resolution, thunderbird, skype
The folks behind Ubuntu Eee 8.04 say they plan to continue developing this custom distro. There are still a few known bugs. For example, sometimes WiFi doesn’t work after your system has been suspended. And by the time Ubuntu Eee 8.10 is released this fall, there are plans to include more optimizations for small screen devices. The team may also incorporate some elements of Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
[via Asus Eee HowTo]