Running Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy in Eee-PC

Asked by John Shewsbury on 2008-01-23

Let's be straight, I am a new comer to Linux/KDE, this happen when I bought my Asus Eee-PC and that is the first time I saw the desktop or computer interface of Linux/KDE

I start to like this Linux/KDE and now I am thinking to try this famous Kubuntu 7.0 Gutsy, I heard it's the latest version.

Other than the ASUS customize Linux OS known as Easy Mode, I also have this KDE by Xandros (Full Desktop Mode) in my Eee-PC.

Currently I can easily switch from the Full Desktop Mode to the Easy Mode from the Xandros start menu.

But if in case I opted to install the Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy into my Eee-PC, can I still switch to the Easy Mode OS ?

Or is it by installing Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy it will delete the Easy Mode interface ?

Thank you

John
Brunei

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If you install Kubuntu directly onto the SSD of the Eee, you will overwrite the existing Xandros install which has the easy mode.
Alternatively you can install Kubuntu onto a spacious USB stick or SD card, which would allow you to dual-boot (choose at power up) whether you ran Xandros with the Easy mode/full mode, or Kubuntu.

John Shewsbury (jshewsbury) said : #2

Dear Mr. Alan Pope,

Thank you very much for your answer, as a beginner I can understand what you mean. Yes this answer my question but then I have 2 more questions;

1) When you mentioned "install Kubuntu onto a spacious USB stick or SD card" may I know what is the size required for this? Is it 1GB or is it 2GB? I have a 1GB Thumb Drive and a 2GB SD Card.

2) Last but not least, if I upgrade my RAM from the current 512MB to 1GB, will there be any significant improvement on performance? Or it this unnecessary? I just use this Eee for web browsing, some office applications (Words & Spreadsheet) and a little music and YouTube.

I already have the Kubuntu Gutsy Live CD now (downloaded from internet), so I can't wait to further experience this new Linux family.

Once again, I thanked you for your utmost kind assistance.

Thank you and best regards,

John
Brunei

John Shewsbury (jshewsbury) said : #3

Dear Mr. Alan Pope,

1) When you mentioned "install Kubuntu onto a spacious USB stick or SD card" may I know what is the size required for this? Is it 1GB or is it 2GB? I have a 1GB Thumb Drive and a 2GB SD Card.

2) Last but not least, if I upgrade my RAM from the current 512MB to 1GB, will there be any significant improvement on performance? Or it this unnecessary? I just use this Eee for web browsing, some office applications (Words & Spreadsheet) and a little music and YouTube.

Thank you and best regards,

John
Brunei

John Shewsbury (jshewsbury) said : #4

Dear Mr. Alan Pope,

1) When you mentioned "install Kubuntu onto a spacious USB stick or SD card" may I know what is the size required for this? Is it 1GB or is it 2GB? I have a 1GB Thumb Drive and a 2GB SD Card.

2) Last but not least, if I upgrade my RAM from the current 512MB to 1GB, will there be any significant improvement on performance? Or it this unnecessary? I just use this Eee for web browsing, some office applications (Words & Spreadsheet) and a little music and YouTube.

Thank you and best regards,

John
Brunei

1) I believe a base install of kubuntu needs about 2.5G - thats with no space left for your own data/documents. I know people have installed on 4GB sticks and larger. I think 2G might be a bit small for kubuntu. You could however boot off the live CD then _remove_ (uninstall) some of the larger packages like openoffice to get the size down a bit before you run the install to install it to the USB / SD card.
2) There will be a significant improvement if you upgrade RAM from 512 to 1G under Kubuntu - some apps are quite heavyweight. You can actually upgrade to 2GB which is even nicer :)

I have two EEE PCs, and use xubuntu on one, my wife uses the standard xandros install on hers.

John Shewsbury (jshewsbury) said : #6

Dear Mr. Alan Pope,

Thank you very much to your explanation. It is very helpful and reassured me that my choice to own this Eee and keep the Linux instead of installing WinXP is indeed a very good purchase decision.

I apologize for accidentally submitted my response to your previous answer for more than once, I'll be more careful when clicking around this time.

Once again I really appreciate your help, thank you. I hope you will help me again in the future.

As for the RAM, at this point of time my pocket only enough to go for another 512MB (to make it 1GB) :(

Have a nice day and best regards,

John
Brunei

John Shewsbury (jshewsbury) said : #7

Dear Mr. Alan Pope,

After playing round testing the Kubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Live CD, it is infact vey nice but I noted that there is no Anti Virus software included in that Live CD, so is it OK to permanently run Kubuntu 7.10 on my Eee without any Anti Virus protection? My main concern is when I m surfing the net. Isn't that like exposing my self freely to any internet virus? The original Xandros Easy/Advance Mode at least have this Anti Virus software included so I m quite confident with it.

I m really a beginner and that is why I m really concern about this stuff - or you could say that I m a coward to try something new.

I hope you understand my concern. Look forward to your reply.

Don't worry, I wont held you responsible if I face any loss or damage for following your advise, at the end the final decision is still lies on me - my self - and I :)

Thank you

John
Bunei

IceVapour (musecreighton) said : #8

You don't need to worry about viruses in Linux. They do exist, but Linux handles programs differently to Windows. In Windows, any program can run with full permissions by default, this isn't the case with Linux, therefore viruses aren't an issue in Linux.

I hope this helps your confidence in surfing the net.

Warm Regards
David Purse