The other day my step-daughter's Eee PC had some issues. It is a Linux-based Eee so it had the Xandros netbook distribution running. There were updates to be applied so I went ahead and allowed the updates to process. shortly after the updates failed the cursor started acting twitchy. My step-daughter, without asking, decides to reboot the netbook. After the bios posts the Eee bounces between a "_" character and a X Windows "X" cursor. Not a good sign. I checked everything I knew to check and realized I was going to have to install a new OS on the netbook.
Naturally Linux was the choice. I wanted to give either Elive or gOS Cloud a try but the former required an external usb CD drive and cloud computing just doesn't suit a fourteen year old girl. Instead I turned to Eeebuntu NBR (Net Book Remix) and I'm thrilled I did.
The primary reason I went with Eeebuntu is simple: It's based on Ubuntu which is one of the most user-friendly distributions of Linux available. Add to that the fact that Eeebuntu would take an Eee PC and make it more like an actual computer (instead of a toy good for not much more than browsing the web) and you have the ingredients for a no-brainer solution. And, of course, we are a Linux family so Windows XP was not an option.
Eeebuntu really does feel like a full-blown Linux distribution. Why? Because it is. Upon installation you have Firefox, Evolution, OpenOffice, Skype, a terminal, and so much more - everything you need! And Eeebuntu uses an array kernel which was designed specifically for Eee PCs. This kernel has very specific modules that help to make everything on the Eee work - and work well. From wireless to webcams, when you install Eeebuntu everything will work out of the box.
Eeebuntu is also much more efficient and responsive than the original Xandros. This is definitely a plus for a fourteen year old who has the attention span of, well, a fourteen year old. But it also allows much better use of the multi-tasking nature of Linux. You can have both Evolution (mail client) open and Firefox and not see a drop in speed.
How To Install
I would love to have to draw up all of these complicated steps for the installation of Eeebuntu (just to pat my own nerdy back). Unfortunately the installation of Eeebuntu is quite easy. Here are the steps:
- Download the Eeebuntu image.
- Download Unetbootin.
- Plug in a >= 1 Gig Usb flash drive to your computer.
- Open up Unetbootin.
- Select Disk Image and then search for the Eeebuntu image you downloaded.
- Click OK and Unetbootin will install Eeebuntu onto the flash drive.
- Close Unetbootin when complete.
- Remove the USB drive.
- Plug the USB drive into your Eee PC.
- Turn on your Eee PC and hit the Esc key a couple of times.
- Select to boot from your flash drive.
- Install Eeebuntu as you would install Ubuntu.
Done. Now you can enjoy your Eee PC as if it were a real laptop.
If you own an Eee PC and you're either struggling with the pre-install OS or you just want more from your hardware, install Eeebuntu and free your Eee.