Hi everyone. I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks and already I've learned lots, but I'm still an absolute newcomer to Linux and Ubuntu so please bare with me if the answers to my queries seem shockingly obvious! It's quite humbling as an experienced Windows user feeling like you can't do much without following it up with a google search on alien error messages.
I've been trying to run Ubuntu on an Eee PC 901 - the model with a 4GB and 8GB SSD - and three installations later (long story) I think I'm nearly set up as I'd like to be. The only change I've made to the hardware is the installation of 2GB RAM instead of the 1GB it shipped with.
I'm looking for a tray utility that I can use to control my wifi, webcam etc but I'm having some trouble installing eee-control. It worked fine on one of my ill-fated earlier installations, but now the installation attempt fails and I receive the following:
I'm guessing the crucial line is the error in creating "data/etc", but if the absense of this folder is what's holding things up, where do I create it? Somewhere in /? In /home?Code:Unpacking eee-control (from eee-control_0.9.4_all~karmic_unofficial.deb) ... dpkg: error processing eee-control_0.9.4_all~karmic_unofficial.deb (--install): error creating directory `data/etc': No such file or directory dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe) Errors were encountered while processing: eee-control_0.9.4_all~karmic_unofficial.deb
My other query is to do with booting the system. I keep reading reports of 20 - 30 second boot times on Ubuntu running on anything from netbooks to desktops and that's what I'm used to with XP, but on my Eee 901 it takes a full 2 or 3 minutes with lots of blank screens (sometimes with the mouse pointer doing the "working" thing, sometimes a cursor in the top left, sometimes nothing, but never consistently one of the three!) before I see the login screen. Google searches don't seem to be getting me very far with this one. Is there something I'm missing?
Other than the long boot time and an inability to turn off my wifi card I'm quite enjoying Ubuntu and its helpful community.