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Old 04-14-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
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Augen E-Go Windows CE replacement.


Hello All,

I am a Linux newbie and I have a problem. I am a science teacher moving to a school in Oceania and they have little or no technology. I have two Macs and 2 MicroSystems servers (going to set them up as Linux Servers) 2 routers, some switches, and a couple of WAPs. I plan to set up a subnet in my classroom and integrate technology into their curriculum. I have been teaching and working as a tech in Mac environments for the last 5 years.

Here's my quandary. They have no laptops on site and only a couple of desktops. I want to put a computer in each child's hands (out of my own pocket). I envisioned buying 25 Augen E-go Netbooks and have them set up with Linux OS. I just need SIMPLE word processors and office applications (Open Office will work fine) and web browsing. They will store all their files on my server.

How can I install Linux on these primitive machines? I know they are little more than toys, but it is all I can afford, at least until I can get some grant money coming in and really do it right. This would be intended as a temporary solution... 1 or 2 years.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
J
 
Old 04-14-2010, 04:09 PM   #2
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Hello All,

I am a Linux newbie and I have a problem. I am a science teacher moving to a school in Oceania and they have little or no technology. I have two Macs and 2 MicroSystems servers (going to set them up as Linux Servers) 2 routers, some switches, and a couple of WAPs. I plan to set up a subnet in my classroom and integrate technology into their curriculum. I have been teaching and working as a tech in Mac environments for the last 5 years.

Here's my quandary. They have no laptops on site and only a couple of desktops. I want to put a computer in each child's hands (out of my own pocket). I envisioned buying 25 Augen E-go Netbooks and have them set up with Linux OS. I just need SIMPLE word processors and office applications (Open Office will work fine) and web browsing. They will store all their files on my server.

How can I install Linux on these primitive machines? I know they are little more than toys, but it is all I can afford, at least until I can get some grant money coming in and really do it right. This would be intended as a temporary solution... 1 or 2 years.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
J
Linux requires far less resources then Windows or Mac OS X, as long as you use a lightweight distribution.

The thing is that the lightweight distros are that way because they don't have the flashy, Windows-like, newbie-freindly interface that Windows/Mac users expect.

But personally I like not having all that stuff so I chose not to even have a desktop environment, just a window manager and a minimal task bar application.
 
Old 04-14-2010, 05:41 PM   #3
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I would advise against it. Any netbook with Windows CE will be a: grossly underpowered, and b: difficult if not impossible to install Linux on. Windows CE 'netbooks' have more in common with PDAs and Smartphones than with standard desktop/laptop/netbook PCs.

It sounds like what you are doing is the whole point of the OLPC. Maybe you could contact them.

If desktop computers are practical, it's often possible to get old ones second hand pretty cheap. Maybe not so much if you're on an island in the middle of the Pacific.

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Old 04-14-2010, 05:51 PM   #4
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I haven't thought of this, but the computers mentioned by the OP probably have an ARM processor, not the usual x86 or x86-64.

Very few distros have an ARM version.
 
Old 04-14-2010, 07:13 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Light Distro

You can use a light distro such as Damn Small Linux 4.4.10 or Feather. For the students DeLi Linux would work. If the PC's have 128 RAM or even 96 MB give Puppy a shot as it is light enough for net books and is like Windows in a way. If they have a Pentium II 450 MHZ quality at least and at least 128 MB RAM try Dream Linux 3.0 not 3.5 as it will just screw the computer and give a big error.

List OF OS for them:

Puppy-Exxcelent for Windows users
Damn small- Good but harder to learn
Deli- Very Simple
Dream- Like MAC OSX



My favorite Slitaz it is 28 MB for dang sake and very good for old pcs it will run on 32 mb of ram.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 06:56 PM   #6
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A quick google did not turn up much information about the device but it looked like there was a model that came with linux. I could not find any real information. FWIW, I also saw one entry on Augen's wiki site that said it is not possible to install linux on the units that come preinstalled with CE. I would agree that second hand desktops are probably the better solution.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 08:05 PM   #7
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There was another thread here a long time ago about someone who got an Augen E-Go with Linux and it was incredibly outdated.
 
Old 04-21-2010, 09:58 PM   #8
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Like I said

The specifications leave me to belive this as your answer: Puppy Slitaz of DeLi Linux, Dream if you need the mac look
 
Old 04-22-2010, 04:40 AM   #9
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Do Puppy, Slitaz, DeLi, or Dream have an ARM version? I don't believe so. They would be useless for this machine.
 
Old 04-30-2010, 10:34 PM   #10
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Smile Sorry I thought they were Intel powered.

Since I now know they have a ARM processor try Debian on there site. Good luck and PS where will you be purchasing them.
To install Linux you will need to install by flash drive by using the program FlashBoot I will post a link when I find a download.
Bye
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:01 PM   #11
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Link

If the BIOS supports USB HDD Boot then use flash boot to make a USB HD.
You will need a 4 GB flash drive, Debian will copy files in and out of it and the space will be used for more thean the 700 MB ISO. You may not have any other files on it as Debian will get screwed up I will tell more ARM distros as I come acroos them.
Link to FlashBoot:

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/3399....124___license
 
  


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