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LinuxMint 9 on my Eee PC 701SD

Just to test out the latest release of LinuxMint 9 So I’ve installed this on my Eee PC 701SD to give it a try. As this is an Ubuntu derivative, there is no real new features as such, just a different set of default applications and layout for GNOME.

So here is a screen shot, the layout having only one bar alone the bottom (much like MS Windows) the only addition I have added to the default install is Dropbox. The first thing I noticed when bringing the system up to date the mirror sites clearly have limited the bandwidth, because the average transfer was only 10-15Kb so in all it took just over 3 hours to update just on 300 packages. So this is a major backlash because I get around 800-900Kb transfer from Internode’s mirror (unfortunately Internode are not a LinuxMint repository mirror) So if I was to make one complaint, the repository mirror bandwidth could be improved as to wait around 3 hours to update is a little excessive.

So LinuxMint won’t stay for long on the Eee, but it certainly has improved since I last looked at it (I think that was version 4)

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Kubuntu Karmic Alpha5 on Eee PC 701SD

as of today I have installed kubuntu karmic alpha5 onto my Eee PC 701SD. I’ve used the standard desktop install not the netbook version! the first issue I struck was that my WAP is old, and it only uses 40 bit WEP. Now the default network manager wouldn’t connect, even though I had selected the options that should have worked! so what was the problem? it looks like the network manager is using 128 bit WEP so here in lies my problem!

I’ve managed to bypass this issue by installing wicd this has allowed the needed 40 bit WEP that I require to connect to my LAN! I’ve used the version available in the karmic repo’s and so far all is working well…

I am liking KDE 4.3 so far! (always used GNOME!) so still have a little tweaking to do on the Eee but so far it’s looking good, running smoothly and boot time is impressive! (I haven’t done an official timing just yet!) but I have a working desktop well under 30 seconds (as a guess!)

So the Karmic path is shaping up well, and I’m looking forward to the official release in late October…