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Old 07-26-2008, 03:30 PM   #1
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Asus EEE PC 900 the regular distro vs an eee distro


hey everyone,

I recently purchased an Asus eee pc 900. The hardware is excellent, but the default xandros OS is less to be desire.

There are some eee type distros of the popular distros like eeexubuntu eeepupp etc...but I'll rather use the regular distros, so my question is has anyone run into problems using the regular distro versus an eee type distro?



thanks in advance
 
Old 07-26-2008, 03:36 PM   #2
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An eetype distro will be customised for it. So it will be a better choice. Of course if you install a regular distro, then you will need to adjust a lot of things incl the small screen. You will be better off using a custom kernel as most of the i386 types are optimised for P4+.
 
Old 07-26-2008, 04:25 PM   #3
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A regular distro installation might install a swap partition, and might not mount the partitions with the correct options, such as noatime. An eeepc distro will also do things like use the unionfs to cache writes. A solid state drive has a limited number of writes, so you don't want to simply install a normal OS on an eeepc.

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Old 07-26-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info amani and jschiwal, greatly appreciate it. I guess I will go for the eee distros.
 
Old 07-26-2008, 07:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info amani and jschiwal, greatly appreciate it. I guess I will go for the eee distros.
I've heard Arch runs rather well on the EEE's, with some customization.

http://wiki.eeeuser.com/installingarchlinux
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...he_Asus_EEE_PC

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Old 07-27-2008, 05:55 AM   #6
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There's a lot of information about installing "regular" distros on the eee here:
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/

Questions can be posted to the forums, here:
http://forum.eeeuser.com/
 
Old 07-27-2008, 08:44 AM   #7
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Thanks for the new info elliott678 and tredegar.

By the way, I was unaware of a program called unetbootin. It's a USB installer and it runs in linux. You have to chmod +x to make it execuable. It takes an ISO image and writes it to an USB drive so you can boot off it. It was created for ubuntu, but the tutorials said it can be use to create other distros as pen drives.



- Cheers

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Old 07-27-2008, 09:50 AM   #8
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I have a 701 eee-pc, and I don't see why I would want to install a regular distro. The default xandros has worked very well so far, and it seems to be near 100% compatible with debian, so there's no shortage of software either.
I didn't even change to 'advanced' mode (a kde-like ice-wm instead of the tab system)
 
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http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC
 
  


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