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_188.8.131.52_all.deb ./rt2860-dkms_184.108.40.206_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 :-)