Will I be able to run the Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my Asus EeePC notebook?

Asked by graham.storrs on 2008-05-28

I've got an Asus EeePC notebook running a Xandros-like distro but I'd like to move up to Ubuntu. The poor little critter only has 4GB solid-state memory and 1GB RAM. Will the Netbook Remix (a) run on my Asus EeePC and (b) will it fit?

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Best spiregrain (kkilfedder) said : #1

I find that standard Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) runs fine on my EeePC device with the same spec as yours. The main issue that some window sizes are too big, and a non-standard wireless driver needs to be installed.

KenBW2 (kenbw2) said : #2

A good idea would be to run EeeXubuntu (I found it at wiki.eeeuser.com), but if you have the 4GB version normal Ubuntu should fit fine (not sure about performance though).
Me? I only have a 2GB version :( So it's eeexubuntu for me

Thanks Spiregrain - I guess that's all I need to know - except, what's the wireless driver I'm going to need?

Andrew Kerr (andrewkerr) said : #4
Hans (hans-fairchild) said : #5

Ahem. Not to be snarky, but I can't help but notice that the original question was never answered. The point of a netbook version is exactly so you don't have to do all the nonsense required to set up a UMPC style computer (I would imagine this included installing on volumes less than or equal to 2GB). In other words, it would be a good question to have answered.

As for the suggested alternatives, they all come with some baggage.
eeexubuntu is currently unsupported afaik.
hardy heron is not a great fit for the above mentioned reasons

xubuntu with Ricey's script seems to be the best option currently, though it still takes a little bit of hand tweaking to get everything right. And that ends up being a pretty tight fit on a 2gb volume, though it can be done.

Regards

Hans

PS, I hate it when people say something can be done, but don't say how, so, here it is:
1) install xubutnu 8.04. When you get the the first installation question, pick no localization (its right below the current selection of USA).
2)After the installation completes, open the package manager, and set it to delete packages after installing them. Then do an update (including the kernal).
3) Run Ricey's eee script (eee.ricey.co.uk). Remember to thank him.
4) Run synaptic again, and uninstall the old kernal.
when you are done with this, you should be sitting at about 1.8 gb.

Thanks Drew.

Thanks Hans. Yes, I did notice that no-one had answered the question. Still, it's hard to complain when people are being so helpful. If anyone has the answer, feel free to chip in. And thanks for the detailed instructions too. For someone unfamiliar with Unix, its thousands of variants, and the need to configure so much by hand, detail is definitely appreciated.

Neil J. Patel (njpatel) said : #7

Sorry for the delay in replying to this question, the project wasn't setup for 'Answers' and therefore launchpad didn't send us a notification email!

The simple answer is: If your device can install Ubuntu Desktop 8.04 (Hardy), it can run Netbook Remix. The 'core' parts of the remix, (launcher/panel applets/window management daemon/theme) are already available for download for Hardy.

I'd suggest getting Hardy up-and-running on the eeePC, and then following the (new)instructions on the main project page at https://launchpad.net/netbook-remix. I realise that installation isn't as easy as it could be, and I'm working on a separate package/script that will do the work for you.

Regarding actual images of the remix, I am not sure when they will be available as they are very device-specific.

During development, we've been targetting a 1024x600 screen, but I'm sure the launcher will scale down to the eeePC's screen okay :-). Also, please report any bugs/suggestions you have.

Andrew Paulin (trash-eighty) said : #8

I just installed the remix packages following the instructions on my Eee 701, and it works well. Compiz doesn't agree with it, and there are some minor graphical glitches with the window picker, but it works well besides that.

Martin Lettner (m.lettner) said : #9

I also have Ubuntu hardy installed on my EeePC 701 (4gb sdd, 512mb ram) and it's running pretty good! with apps like OOo, GIMP, wine, etc. i have about 900MB free space.

with netbook-remix i have major graphical problems with compiz or even with metacity and compositing enabled, so without compiz and without metacity compositing netbook-remix works!

You can also find help about Ubuntu on the EeePC here: http://ubuntu-eee.tuxfamily.org/

Hans (hfairchi) said : #10

I have made an error in my previous post. The directions should read:

1) install xubutnu 8.04. When you get the the first installation question, pick no localization (its right below the current selection of English).
2)After the installation completes, open the package manager, and set it to delete packages after installing them. Then do an update (including the kernal).
3) Run Ricey's eee script (eee.ricey.co.uk). Remember to thank him.
4) Run synaptic again, and uninstall the old kerne
l.
when you are done with this, you should be sitting at about 1.8 gb.

Keep in mind that as things evolve, Ricey's script may break due to events beyond his control
He usually has a fix out within a day or two. Often you can still use his previous script versions
by simply uninstalling the offending newer kernel.

Hans

Ricey (ricey) said : #11

Just to add - Remix is looking good on my lil Eee (701 4G with 2gb ram)

works nicely and runs smoothly (without compiz) I actually really like it :) it's simple and straightforward.

It's good with the overclock too - had to pop the Overclock shortcut onto the panel, but that's fine - i'll pop a screenshot onto my site soon.

Cheers all

Ricey

PS Hans, thanks for the mention ;)