Catchup and EeeXubuntu
Yesterday I installed EeeXubuntu on my Asus Eee PC. Xubuntu is a version of Ubuntu designed for low-specification computers while EeeXubuntu is a slightly tweaked version of that that installs some drivers and such for the Eee.
I was pretty impressed with EeeXubuntu ( probably pronounced “Easy-buntu” ), I followed the instructions and burned the ISO image on a flash drive. Then it was just a matter of pressing escape on boot up to make it boot from the drive instead of the normal internal drive. The EeeXubuntu install is also a live boot disk so I played around with it first to make sure I like it before I installed it over the top of the Xandros install my Eee came with.
and is pretty similar to a normal desktop install. The Xfce desktop doesn’t seem to be missing many features that I got with my normal Gnome desktop on Ubuntu so I am pretty happy so far. All the hardware (except the camera which I have not tested) works okay and both Suspend-to-RAM and Suspend-to-disk work. Boot times are a little slower but I am happy otherwise.
I partitioned the 4G disk with 500MB of Swap (very low priority) and the Operating System uses just over half of what is left. Even better I can use the normal Ubuntu software repositories so new software is easy to install
On the subject of my Eee I haven’t posted before about my “Eee Kit” which I carry around.
The kit comes in thick plastic bag with a zip (not zip-lock) to seal it and consists of the Eee power supply, a small mouse ($20) and a tin containing some headphones and a 4G flash drive. It all seals up nicely and takes about as much space in my bag as the Eee itself. About the only thing I miss would be a short piece of cat5 cable.
- I am currently reading The discovery of France by Graham Robb which is a fascinating book on how pre-WW1 “France was a land of ancient tribal divisions, prehistoric communication networks, and pre-Christian beliefs. French itself was a minority language.”
- A torrent of all Linux.conf.au 2008 talks and slides is available here (12GB).
- NZNOG 2008 has posted conference slides for Wednesday and Thursday/Friday along with videos (still being updated).
- The Sysadmin Miniconf slides are now up for Linux.conf.au 2008 and NZNOG 2008
- I recently got involved with the Mailop group, which is a list for Email Administrators.
- I’m currently working out my notice at my current job and going to start a new one in a weeks time. More details later. END