Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu Remix 9.04) on eeePC 901

Today is the migration day for the netbook of my wife, Alice. After a long time with pleasure and  some annoying things , we’ve decided to migrate the eeePC 901 from Xandros to Ubuntu Remix.
And to be honest, it hasn’t been really painful to achieve this job.

Find here the steps to do the same with your netbook:

1- download the last release from the Ubuntu server:

2- install ImageWriter:
sudo apt-get install usb-imagewriter

3- use ImageWriter to put ubuntu-9.04-netbook-remix-i386.img in the USB key (need a mini. 1Gb usb stick)

4- insert the usb key to the eeePC, start the PC and tape on ESC touch to view the boot menu. Select the USB key in the list.

5- in the boot menu, choose the right language (F2) and the right keyboard map (F3) and Enter
You’ll start the live distribution.

6- when the system is ready, click on the Install shorcut.

7- after the firsts easy steps, you arrive to the screen of partitioning. Here, you have some choices to make. I chose to make 3 partitions: 1 partition on the first SSD (root “/”), 2 on the second SSD (10Gb for”/usr” and ~5Gb for “/home”) all with the new format Ext4 (better results than Ext3).
You have noticed that I didn’t add swap partition, why? First of all, because the netbook has 2Gb of RAM and secondly because after some reads, the writings in the swap seems bad for the life of the SSD (not all people are agree with that but I had to take a decision).

8- after this important step, the installer copies the OS on the netbook.

9- reboot when it’s asked (don’t forget to remove the usb key).

As you can see, the boot is quite quick, under 40 seconds to go to the desktop with the wifi connexion.

Alice uses her eeePC for 4 main usages:
– to stay in touch with our family (in Spain, France, ),
– in the kitchen as a (luxury) webradio
– to make videos of our children or take a picture during cookery.
– to record her voice for her French lessons.

So, I had to install some softs:
– for the video, wxCam (sudo apt-get install wxcam). It has better perfomances than Cheese in video recording mode.
– for the webradio, Rhythmbox with a customized list of French webradios.
– for the webphone, Skype for linux (works better than on Xandros even the webcam). You must specify the sound device to get sound. Go to Options / Sound Devices and choose in the 3 lists, “HDA Intel (hw:Intel,0)”, then Apply.
– finally, nothing to do for the voice, Sound Recorder is already installed on Ubuntu Remix.

To finish the job:
– remove unused stuff like Evolution
– add plugins like Flash (nonfree), Jre (SUN).
You can do this job with the Synaptic Package Manager (in Administration tab).
– remove unused applications started with the system: go to Preferences tab / Startup Applications and unselect “Bluetooth Manager”, “Check for new hardware drivers”, “Remove Desktop”, “Visual Assistance”. Of course it depends of your specifi hardware or preferences.
– add shortcuts in the Favourites tab: simply selecting the shortcut (from its tab for example, Internet) and to glide it into the Favourites tab.

Here you can see the result.


Update (2009.06.13):
Wifi WPA authentication is impossible with the current rt2860 driver. To solve this problem, we have to downgrade the driver.

1) Get the driver from http://www.array.org/ubuntu/dists/intrepid/eeepc/binary-i386/rt2860-dkms_1.7….

wget http://www.array.org/ubuntu/dists/intrepid/eeepc/binary-i386/rt2860-dkms_1.7.1.1_all.deb

2) Go to terminal, and move the pre-installed driver so it won’t get loaded.

cd /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/kernel/drivers/staging/rt2860/sudo mv rt2860sta.ko rt2860sta.bak

3) Install rt2860-dkms_1.7.1.1_all.deb. It will also install dependencies needed to compile the driver.

sudo dpkg -i rt2860-dkms_1.7.1.1_all.debsudo apt-get install -f

If it doesn’t retrieve the right packages, makesure “build-essential”, “linux-header-generic” and “dkms” is installed. Let it run and it should complete without a problem.

4) Restart. The new driver should work automatically.



19 thoughts on “Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu Remix 9.04) on eeePC 901

  1. hi azazabc123, I didn’t have any problem during my installation but it’s quite different than one discribed on your link. The /home directory is mounted in a partition of the second SSD not on a SD card.

  2. Yesterday I tried to put the UNR image into the USB stick under Windows XP SP3,But it failure without any reason(when USB stick had be written,it was still empty…)…I tried several times,but it still fail.And there isn’t any superfluous computer can be installed Ubuntu…I tried to use Virtual Box,but it has a terrible support of USB drivers…What can I do…Alas…

  3. Thanks,I am trying that again in this way.Now it’s downloading from another mirror site.(I found some files was broken in Taiwan’s some mirror site.Maybe the reason was result from the mistakes of the mirror site.I had analogous exprience when I tried downloading Ubuntu7.10 orz)

  4. Hello!I completed install that!But it still has a few of issues…For example,the GUI program build in for Internet has a strange problem when using pppoe connection and program wasn’t able to connect to the Internet…I have to use “sudo pppoeconf”under terminal,but it is still unable to automatic connect when the system start.Every time I want to use Internet,I have to enter “sudo pon dsl-provider” under terminal.In spite of adding a icon into the UNR main menu which is”sudo pon dsl-provider”,It wasn’t still activity.In addition,eee-control isn’t activity in UNR’s UI even though convert to normal GNOME Interface,and I can’t switch wifi and bluetooth on or off….and Fn+F1~9 is disabled.I doesn’t find a way to solve these issue yet.

  5. Well done for your installation!Unfortunately, I can’t help you with your PPPoe problem. I use only the wifi connection (without any problem).For the special key, I’ve not answer at the moment and I still to look for a solution.

  6. good news for yours hot keys! The web cam is turned on in the Bios and working well.Your site looks good even if I don’t understand your language πŸ™‚

  7. Tip:if you want to desinstall a software (ex: Evolution,email client) check first your favorites. If this software is in your favorites: delete it first and then desinstall. Thx Benjamin!

  8. i did this:sudo apt-get install usb-imagewriterand it said:E: could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – (11 resource temporarily unavailable)E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?Thanks Ryan

  9. No i have another computer but i am traveling at the moment..But i will try borrow a freinds then in that case and install it on there.Thanks heaps Ryan πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve already installed UNR on my 901 and it is working beautifully. Can I repartition the second SSD and put /home and /usr on it without reinstalling UNR? If so, how would I then remove /usr and /home from the first SSD? Thanks for the steps! They have been helpful for fine-tuning my UNR install on the 901.

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