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The eee don’t have an optical drive, so we need to install it using an usb drive.
The goal is dual booting Windows XP and Ubuntu. I want Eee to become my main Windows machine; this will allow me to format my Desktop machine to have only have Ubuntu (next release with default ext4 filesystem). I use Windows only to sync my iPod Touch so, this is a great solution.
Download and “Burn” a USB Drive⌗
Go to Ubuntu Netbook Remix Download Page and download Ubuntu.
- Check the downloaded file hash. The output must be the same as you see in the Ubuntu Hashes Page.
- Create a bootable usb drive from the downloaded image. I tried the Linux version using ImageWriter but it didn’t work. I ended up using the Disk Imager in the pre installed Windows in Eee. Note that this will erase the usb drive contents.
Install from usb⌗
It’s easy. Boot from the usb drive (check the BIOS) and install like any other Ubuntu release.
This is a tested machine so I didn’t play that much with the Live Session.
Hard Drive Partition Layout⌗
I kept Windows installed and I will need a NTFS shared partition to keep all my tunes.
There was a hidden partition, basically used to restore the system. Basically is a pre-installation of Windows. I didn’t kept it.
I don’t have the hard drive all partitioned yet. Will do soon.
/dev/sda /dev/sda1 ntfs WinXP 20 GB -- primary /dev/sda2 ext3 / 9.54 GB -- primary /dev/sda3 swap 1.91 GB -- primary /dev/sda4 -- extended /dev/sda5 ext3 /home 9.54 GB /dev/sda6 ntfs tunes 40 GB /dev/sda7 ext3 /storage 9.54 GB
I created the sda7 partition after installing Ubuntu, so I needed to do the following to mount the new partition at boot time:
- Find out the UUID (Unique unit ID) of the device
sudo vol_id -u /dev/sda7
- Create a folder for your new mount point
sudo mkdir /storage
- Open /etc/fstab
sudo gedit /etc/fstab
- Add the mount point
UUID=ad02cb4e-f9cf-491a-b661-d96ed2c456be /storage ext3 relatime 0 2
- Add permissions to the new folder
sudo chown -R *youruser*:*youruser* /storage sudo chmod -R 755 /storage
The wireless wasn’t working. I could connect, but no Internet connection.
Here’s what I did, after a quick look around:
Download this driver
Rename the actual drivers
cd /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/kernel/drivers/staging/rt2860/ sudo mv rt2860sta.ko rt2860sta.bak cd /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/kernel/drivers/staging/rt2870/ sudo mv rt2870sta.ko rt2870sta.bak
- Install the package dkms and the new driver
sudo apt-get install dkms chmod +x rt2860-dkms_184.108.40.206_all.deb ./rt2860-dkms_220.127.116.11_all.deb
- I also installed linux-backports-modules-jaunty
sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty
I have wireless :-)
Post-Install: Software Sources⌗
Added the following:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ jaunty free non-free deb http://linux.getdropbox.com/ubuntu jaunty main deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu/ jaunty main
Post-install: Extra Software⌗
- Dropbox (
sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox)
- Gnome-Do (
sudo apt-get install gnome-do)
- Powertop (
sudo apt-get install powertop)
- GParted (
sudo apt-get install gparted)
- Firefox Xmarks add-on
- Multimedia (including flash)
- Adobe Air
- Gnucash (
sudo apt-get install gnucash)
- Aspell pt-pt (
sudo apt-get install aspell-pt-pt)
- NTFS support to GParted
If you have more tips about using or optimizing the eee please contact me or post a comment :-)