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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    Sidux works really well on the Eee PC. There's a KDE and Xfce version.I briefly ran the Xfce version on my 2G Surf, but there wasn't really enough room for it. It should be fine with 4G though.
    You can install it on a pendrive using the built-in pendrive installer, then use the pendrive to install it on the Eee PC. While it doesn't support the wireless card out of the box, it's very easy to set it up - just run the fw-detect command and it will find your wireless card and will actually tell you how to install the driver.
    I also liked the network management tool, Ceni. It's command-line based, but extremely powerful.
    The provided documentation is REALLY good too.
    One further advantage is that like Ubuntu it's a Debian derivative, so many of your existing Ubuntu skills will still be useful.
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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Gray_Wolf View Post
    A different Ubuntu remix like Eeebuntu perhaps. http://www.eeebuntu.org/

    Eeebuntu worked out of the box on my wife's EEE PC 701/4G.

    Downloaded Eeebuntu NBR ISO. Used "System > Administration > Create a USB startup disk" in 8.10 running on my laptop.

    Put the USB stick in my wife's EEE and booted it. Had to hit the F2 key to change BIOS options, if I remember right, to get it to boot from the USB stick.

    Followed the install instructions. Done. Just works fine for her now.
    +1 here.

    We installed this on the Asus 701 we got for the kid's Christmas present. Absolutely gobsmacked. It's a tremendous OS for the Eee. I tried Ubuntu-Eee but it just wouldn't work. EeeBuntu was a dream to install to USB thanks to Intrepid, and a breeze to install to the Eee itself. Cue thrilled daughter come Christmas morning!

    The only thing to remember is if you want to use the webcam you have to first enable it in the Eee's BIOS, then install Cheese from Synaptic. Once that's installed, go into the Cheese preferences and set the camera to 320x240 resolution or it won't work. Works great now.

    For me, this is definitely how you want to see Ubuntu on the Eee. No fuss, just a simple install easily configured. Highly recommended.
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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigSilly View Post
    +1 here.

    We installed this on the Asus 701 we got for the kid's Christmas present. Absolutely gobsmacked. It's a tremendous OS for the Eee. I tried Ubuntu-Eee but it just wouldn't work. EeeBuntu was a dream to install to USB thanks to Intrepid, and a breeze to install to the Eee itself. Cue thrilled daughter come Christmas morning!

    The only thing to remember is if you want to use the webcam you have to first enable it in the Eee's BIOS, then install Cheese from Synaptic. Once that's installed, go into the Cheese preferences and set the camera to 320x240 resolution or it won't work. Works great now.

    For me, this is definitely how you want to see Ubuntu on the Eee. No fuss, just a simple install easily configured. Highly recommended.
    I also installed eebuntu netbook remix on my daughter's eeepc 701 over christmas. we first upgraded the ram to 2gb. ram is super cheap these days! she's had it for close to a year now and the new OS refresh was very exciting for her. everything worked out of the box which is all you could ever wish for.


    on a side note though, eeebuntu will be changing their name to easy peasy after they were pressured to do so by ubuntu.

    http://www.eeebuntu.org/
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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    Quote Originally Posted by maluka View Post
    I also installed eebuntu netbook remix on my daughter's eeepc 701 over christmas. we first upgraded the ram to 2gb. ram is super cheap these days! she's had it for close to a year now and the new OS refresh was very exciting for her. everything worked out of the box which is all you could ever wish for.


    on a side note though, eeebuntu will be changing their name to easy peasy after they were pressured to do so by ubuntu.

    http://www.eeebuntu.org/
    Thanks for the info. I thought it wouldn't be too long before the name would have to be changed.

    I didn't know you could upgrade the RAM in an Eee. How do you go about doing that, and what do I need to buy? Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    Quote Originally Posted by maluka View Post
    on a side note though, eeebuntu will be changing their name to easy peasy after they were pressured to do so by ubuntu.
    I have installed it now, and it works great! Although the boot times are a bit slow...is there a way to speed it up a bit?
    Current distro: Kubuntu 11.04 + KXStudio

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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    Quote Originally Posted by miggols99 View Post
    I have installed it now, and it works great! Although the boot times are a bit slow...is there a way to speed it up a bit?
    Just my opinion.

    You may be expecting too much from a computer with a 900 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM, and 4 GB SSD.

    I haven't seen specs that low in years.

    I may find some time to create a bootchart in order to see what is taking so long in the boot sequence.

    You may find something on the Eeebuntu forum (http://forum.eeebuntu.org/) about speeding up boot time.
    Last edited by Old_Grey_Wolf; December 30th, 2008 at 09:48 PM.
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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    Quote Originally Posted by maluka View Post
    on a side note though, eeebuntu will be changing their name to easy peasy after they were pressured to do so by ubuntu.
    Eeebuntu and Ubuntu Eee are different projects. Ubuntu Eee is changing its name. Eeebuntu from what I have read is not.

    I have no problems with Canonical protecting their brand name - Ubuntu.

    When I tried Ubuntu Eee, I con't get it to boot. Like BigSilly said above, it just didn't work.

    Ubuntu Eee is also based on 8.04.1 with a 8.10 release sometime in January 2009 (Easy Peasy). Eeebuntu is already at 8.10.
    Last edited by Old_Grey_Wolf; December 30th, 2008 at 10:36 PM.
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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    The newest kid on the block is Cruncheee, an eee pc port of CrunchBang Linux: http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/to...e-candidate-1/

    Highly recommended if you're a minimalist like me!

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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    i use crunch bang on a asus Eee PC 701 sd .
    it works with a minmial amount of tweaking. which is installing a new kernel from array.org and it is a matter of a little shellscript on two lines to take care of that. i finds the webcam after you have played around in bios settings and enabled the webcam which is for some reason of by default from factory settings and the only thing i have a problem with is to figure out if or how it will use the sd card. i just been in the hospital for 8 days which is why i got my self a little notebook to use in there and it was working wonderful for me. i have tweaked it a bit doing my stay in there by adding removing some programs and making lots of new background wall papers on the gimp but i timed it boot and it takes around 60 sec to boot and then you are at the login screen. however it plays supertux really fast. the programs pop up a little slower than i am used to on gnome but i can say that consider the specs on a new asus it is really fast once it is going and it takes games and gimp and even movies from a extern dvd unit with same ease as any of the other pc i have. i would say besides debian which i want to install someday in my asus i cant imagine any ohter than crunch bang or the one called linpus linux light which comes preinstalled on some notebooks as replacement for xandros .
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    Re: Best distro for Asus EEE PC 701?

    Quote Originally Posted by miggols99 View Post
    Won't I need to install other things like the wireless drivers? I would really like one that works out of the box...
    Heck, even the one that comes with it Xandros does not work out of the box. I have had many complain to me that the camera and wireless were not working when they got it.

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