LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 08-01-2017, 10:37 PM   #1
FrTimD
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2017
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Linux for Asus EeePC 1000HD


Hello!

I have an old EeePC that I want to convert to Linux from Windows. I have never used Linux before althouh my son used it and some friends and recommended it for the EeePC.

I'm looking for a distro that is compatible with the hardware ans easy to install to get this rookie going.

Any suggestions will help.

Many thanks!

Tim
 
Old 08-02-2017, 07:20 AM   #2
rokytnji
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Waaaaay out West Texas
Distribution: AntiX 19
Posts: 6,309
Blog Entries: 21

Rep: Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166
A lot was mentioned in this thread in case yu did not see it in this section.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-a-4175610866/
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 08-02-2017, 07:37 AM   #3
snowday
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2009
Posts: 4,667

Rep: Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409Reputation: 1409
Is the EeePC your only computer, or do you have a newer/faster computer?
If so, then I recommend to recycle the EeePC and learn Linux on your newer/faster computer. You can run Linux in VirtualBox so you don't have to make any permanent changes to your existing Windows operating system.
Here are easy instructions to run Linux inside Windows using VirtualBox. The instructions are for Ubuntu but the same concept can be applied to any Linux distro.

http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Ubuntu-on-VirtualBox

If the EeePC is your newest/best computer then please feel free to ignore my suggestions.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 08-02-2017, 07:49 AM   #4
IsaacKuo
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Distribution: Debian 9 Stretch
Posts: 2,393
Blog Entries: 8

Rep: Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411
The eeePCs originally had Debian on them; the current version of Debian is Debian 9. When installing Debian 9, select the XFCE4 desktop environment, since it's much lighter on resources than GNOME3.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 08-02-2017, 11:10 AM   #5
rokytnji
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Waaaaay out West Texas
Distribution: AntiX 19
Posts: 6,309
Blog Entries: 21

Rep: Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166
Quote:
The eeePCs originally had Debian on them;
Yeah. Xandros was based on Debian 4 then. I used to trick mine out.

http://yatsite.blogspot.com/2009/09/...uls-theme.html

I was a moderator at eeepc forums before the admin there abandoned the site.

Here was my eeepc tricked out in Puppy Linux

And here is mine tricked out in AntiX Linux

Notice low ram usage in AntiX in conkys readout. On 1 gig of ram.
 
Old 08-02-2017, 11:25 AM   #6
IsaacKuo
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Distribution: Debian 9 Stretch
Posts: 2,393
Blog Entries: 8

Rep: Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411
Quote:
Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
Yeah. Xandros was based on Debian 4 then. I used to trick mine out.

http://yatsite.blogspot.com/2009/09/...uls-theme.html

I was a moderator at eeepc forums before the admin there abandoned the site.

Here was my eeepc tricked out in Puppy Linux

And here is mine tricked out in AntiX Linux

Notice low ram usage in AntiX in conkys readout. On 1 gig of ram.
Am I supposed to be impressed by 255MB RAM consumption? I have a Debian 9 machine with XFCE4 next to me with a RAM consumption of 88MB, and it's running a VNC client and xscreensaver (it has 512MB of RAM). It's just a plain old Debian 9 install with XFCE4 and LightDM etc installed.

If I really wanted to strip things down, I could get rid of LightDM and use a lightweight WM. After all, the only thing I'm really using it for lately is a full screen VNC client. And I could also get rid of the xscreensaver eye candy and the desktop wallpaper eye candy (which I don't see anyway due to the full screen VNC client). But...meh, what's the point? The RAM usage is already far far far lower than the 512MB of RAM the machine has.
 
Old 08-02-2017, 12:17 PM   #7
suicidaleggroll
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2010
Location: Colorado
Distribution: OpenSUSE, CentOS
Posts: 5,573

Rep: Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138Reputation: 2138
Back when I had an EEE PC 1000HD, I wiped the Linux distro it came with and installed OpenSUSE with the XFCE DE. It worked well enough, but it would run out of ram with just a few web browsers open. Alright for small tasks, but not much use for any real work.
 
Old 08-02-2017, 10:38 PM   #8
FrTimD
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2017
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
EeePC

Thanks everyone.

I have several computers includnig various monile devices and want to load Linux on this one just to see if I can do it.

I have not done serious programmnig or system work since the late 90s and getting this old feller working sounds like a fun project.

If they originally came with Debian, that sounds like a place to start.
 
Old 08-03-2017, 10:42 AM   #9
RockDoctor
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Minnesota, US
Distribution: Fedora, Ubuntu, Manjaro
Posts: 1,775

Rep: Reputation: 423Reputation: 423Reputation: 423Reputation: 423Reputation: 423
I've got a couple of old Atom N270 1GB netbooks - a Dell Inspiron Mini running Linux Mint 17.3 running LXDE, and an Acer Aspire One ZG5 running Ubuntu and Fedora (Mate and LXDE).
 
Old 08-03-2017, 11:31 AM   #10
rokytnji
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Waaaaay out West Texas
Distribution: AntiX 19
Posts: 6,309
Blog Entries: 21

Rep: Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166Reputation: 3166
Quote:
Originally Posted by IsaacKuo View Post
Am I supposed to be impressed by 255MB RAM consumption? I have a Debian 9 machine with XFCE4 next to me with a RAM consumption of 88MB, and it's running a VNC client and xscreensaver (it has 512MB of RAM). It's just a plain old Debian 9 install with XFCE4 and LightDM etc installed.

If I really wanted to strip things down, I could get rid of LightDM and use a lightweight WM. After all, the only thing I'm really using it for lately is a full screen VNC client. And I could also get rid of the xscreensaver eye candy and the desktop wallpaper eye candy (which I don't see anyway due to the full screen VNC client). But...meh, what's the point? The RAM usage is already far far far lower than the 512MB of RAM the machine has.
If you re-look at my screenshot. I am on Desktop 4. That shot was taken with Iceweasel Open. Conky running. A idle desktop runs at under 100MB ram. I am not going to get into who's johnson is bigger contest.

Happy Trails, Rok.
 
Old 08-03-2017, 02:27 PM   #11
IsaacKuo
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Distribution: Debian 9 Stretch
Posts: 2,393
Blog Entries: 8

Rep: Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411Reputation: 411
Quote:
Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
If you re-look at my screenshot. I am on Desktop 4. That shot was taken with Iceweasel Open. Conky running. A idle desktop runs at under 100MB ram. I am not going to get into who's johnson is bigger contest.

Happy Trails, Rok.
You're the one who pointed out the "low" RAM consumption. The screenshot gives no indication that Iceweasel (not Firefox? What YEAR is this from?) is open anywhere, so the RAM consumption looked conspicuously high to me.

Just for kicks I installed firefox-esr on this machine, imported my stuff from chromium (my usual web browser), browsed around a bit, and came here. RAM consumption has been hopping around 200MB-260MB (currently 205MB here on LinuxQuestions), depending on the web page...so I see your RAM consumption of 225MB is in line with that.

But it's not a fair comparison in any case. I think that Firefox detects how much RAM is available and it will tend to utilize more RAM if there's plenty available. Even if that's not the case, I'm using the current Debian 9 and current stable version of Firefox, rather than whatever versions were released in 2013 (Debian Wheezy). Hard to say which direction this would unfairly favor.

Anyways, my computer is using an Atom CPU which is, I think, a bit faster than the CPU in an Asus eeePC 1000HD. My experience browsing around some modern web sites just now with Firefox is...not good. Very sluggish. Admittedly this specific machine is bogged down a bit by the fact that it's a diskless workstation using a slow hard drive over a 100mbit ethernet connection, and it's only 512MB of RAM, but still...

Sigh...regardless of how much RAM this eeePC 1000HD may be upgraded to, there's no getting around the sluggish CPU. I hope the original poster keeps this in mind and keeps expectations realistic. This can be a fun machine for emulating classic videogame consoles or playing around with classic roguelike text console based games. But modern browsing around the web? Not really very practical.

Last edited by IsaacKuo; 08-03-2017 at 02:30 PM.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
No Linux Boot on Asus 1000HD EEEPC simonzz Linux - Newbie 9 08-08-2012 04:25 AM
used magnets to clear HD on eeepc 1000hd ( is it ok) and how to install linux soulboating Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 03-23-2011 08:38 PM
Linux on Asus Eee Pc 1000hd with Xp cpo440 Linux - Newbie 8 01-14-2011 12:16 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:46 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration