Sunday, January 31, 2010

Installing Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix (Asus Eee 1000HE)

After installing Karmic in my desktop and laptop, its time for my Asus Eee 1000HE.

The eee don't have an optical drive, so we need to install it using an usb drive.

I will keep the dual booting with Windows XP and Ubuntu. The Eee is my only Windows machine right now.

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.
$ md5sum ubuntu-9.10-netbook-remix-i386.img
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.





Hard Drive Partition Layout


/dev/sda
      /dev/sda1      ntfs      WinXP        20 GB        -- primary
      /dev/sda2      ext3     /              9.54 GB        -- primary
      /dev/sda3      swap                   1.91 GB        -- extended
      /dev/sda4                                                      -- extended
      /dev/sda5      ext3     /home      9.54 GB
      /dev/sda6      ntfs      tunes          40 GB
      /dev/sda7      ext3     /storage   9.54 GB




Post-Install: Software Sources

Added the following:


deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb http://linux.getdropbox.com/ubuntu jaunty main




Post-install: Extra Software


  • Dropbox (sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox)

  • Gnome-Do (sudo apt-get install gnome-do)

  • Eee-Control (can't get it to work!)

  • Powertop (sudo apt-get install powertop)


  • Firefox Xmarks add-on

  • Gnucash (sudo apt-get install gnucash)

  • Aspell pt-pt (sudo apt-get install aspell-pt-pt)

  • Pidgin

  • VLC

  • RAR Support (sudo apt-get install rar unrar)

Everything worked out of the box, including wireless :-)

If you have more tips about using or optimizing the eee please contact me or post a comment :-)