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> Ubuntu 9.04 Dumbfoundationalism Experiences
> -------------------------------------------
> I just don't believe it!
> I downloaded and installed Ubuntu 9.04 on an Asus EEE.
> It took me 17 minutes from clicking start of installation
> to finishing installation, booting up
> AND browsing first web page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> I am *totally* dumb founded!!
> Ubuntu 9.04 is technically just astonishing!!
> Nothing as powerful exists for the PC in the whole world.
> And nothing as powerful as this has existed in the PC's entire history!!!
> 2Gb of software installed including open office, networking,
> browser, user management, gimp, email, music/movie player,
> DVD burner, synaptic, rsync, etc. etc.. etc..
> To make matters 'worse', I didn't even install to the internal
> disks, I installed to a 2.5" 40Gb external pocket drive
> running off of a USB port!!!
> Since I didn't believe the install time, I thought I must have
> made a mistake with the mental note of time.
> So I installed again!
> And its 17 minutes again from pressing the install button to booting
> up the new install and opening up firefox and then typing
> google and getting first page up!!!
> Since the EEE 1000 hasn't got an optical drive, I installed with
> from the SD Card formatted to EXT2 (Micoshaft FAT format is a disaster
> for an SD Card and won't work at these speeds)
> Here below some pointers to how it all got done...
> Using extlinux to convert a liveCD iso to bootable SD card
> -------------------------------------------------------------
> Converting an ISO file to a bootable USB stick or a bootable
> SD Card for EEE is easy.
> Without being able to convert a distro into a bootable USB flash /SD Card,
> that distro can't be easily loaded into netbook like EEE
> and stand to miss out on users installing it into netbooks.
> So I would recommend all distro mainters look at their netbook
> boot strategy and offer something to boot their distros
> from USB flash and SD cards or miss out on users installing it into
> netbooks.
> Having done a few conversions, a pattern emerges that works well for
> most syslinux / isolinux / extlinux based distros.
> 1. Put your SD card or USB flash drive into your desktop Linux PC and
> then open a console and type dmesg
> You should see some line indicating your flash drive as
> being picked up and allocated with a comment like sdc / sdc1 etc..
> Remember both names - the first is /dev/sdc which is your
> device name, and the second is /dev/sdc1 which is your partition name.
> (Don't get confused between drive /dev/sdc and partition /dev/sdc1
> or your drive could become scrambled eggs later on. Also remember
> it may be called sdg or sdh etc depending what you see when you
> plug in device and type dmesg)
> 2. Install gparted on your machine using synaptic.
> To run it you can type
> sudo gparted
> in a console window and select on the right side the drive name allocated
> in step 1. Right click on the bar that represents the partition
> and click on manage flags.
> Enable the boot flag and click OK. This makes the SD Card / USB
> stick bootable.
> 3. Format the partition /dev/sdc1 to ext2 linux format.
> This format is not directly readable under WINDUMMY Osen, but there
> are free drivers for it - try for example
> The ext2 format is many times faster than windummy FAT so
> ditching WINDUMMY file formats is advised.
> 4. Identify that you have syslinux or isolinux in your liveCD by
> opening the .ISO file in archive manager and checking that it has
> isolinux or syslinux directory somewhere in the liveCD.
> In ubuntu, the root directory of /dev/sdc1 will not be writeable
> unless you are in super user mode.
> You can run
> sudo file-roller
> to open iso files like xubuntu-9.04-desktop-i386.iso in super user
> mode and extract all the files in the iso file
> to the /dev/sdc1 partition.
> 5. Go to the flash drive and locate the syslinux (or isolinux) directory.
> rename it to extlinux. Inside the now renamed extlinux directory will
> a file such as syslinux.cfg or isolinux.cfg. Rename that to
> extlinux.conf
> 6. Get syslinux - this is a boot loader and menu system for FAT based
> file systems. Download the latest version from here...
> Unzip it and go to the extlinux directory.
> On my machine path is something like this....../syslinux/extlinux
> Run the program there by typing this - (note this command is updating
> the partition /dev/sdc1)
> ./extlinux --install /dev/sdc1/extlinux
> This puts a new file into your SD card / USB flash disk
> 7. from the extlinux directory change to the mbr directory
> cd ../mbr
> and then run this - again note this time its updating the device by
> writing data to the first sector as opposed to the first partition.
> sudo cat mbr.bin > /dev/sdc
> (Note at this stage you may need to do some of the sudo commands after
> entering super user mode to make it work properly.
> So the above command would have been done as follows in Ubuntu.
> sudo -s
> cat mbr.bin > /dev/sdc
> )
> This makes the card bootable and useable in an Asus EEE and many other
> PCs with SD card or USB flash disk boot facility.
> This method tested and works for
> 1. Ubuntu
> 2. Slax
> 3. Knoppix
> 4. Puppy
> 5. DSL
> 6. GParted
> 7. gOS
> 8. Dynabolic
> 9. MoonOS Kachana
> 10. Xubuntu
> 11. TinyOS (incredible distro!)
> (Note the method does not work for .ISO files built with grub bootloader -
> need a different install method with grub boot loader instead of syslinux.)
> Try installing something powerful like Ubuntu on to a netbook
> and see it take netbooks to new heights.
> 3D Translucent Cube Desktop
> ---------------------------
> The latest EEE1000 has fast enough graphics for translucent
> 3D desktops. An easy way to do all this with Ubuntu is:
> Install Ubuntu on EEE (compiz itself
> appears to be installed by default in the default install),
> then install compiz settings manager using Synaptic
> which allows compiz to be fully 'exercised'.
> And then do the following to get the 3D cube desktop
> working...
> Go to General > Display Settings > Lighting and turned it off
> Enable Desktop Cube and then Desktop Cube > Transparent Cube and set the
> two opacity settings to 30%
> then Desktop Cube > Skydome and check the skydome check mark
> Enable Rotate Cube
> Enable Enhanced Zoom Desktop
> Right click the virtual workspaces panel and increase the number
> of colums to 8.
> And hey presto - 100% 3D translucent desktop with 8 screens!!!!!!!!!!
> [Some shortcuts for the 3D screen
> ctrl + alt + left or right arrow to spin cube
> ctrl + alt + down arrow and then left or right arrow for a ring switcher
> super + E for yet another switcher
> super + mouse wheel scroll to zoom in and out of the 3D desktop.
> ]
> Reducing Font Sizes And Turning ON Sub Pixel Rendering
> ------------------------------------------------------
> The EEE can be astonishingly good to look at once the
> font size is reduced to about 8 and sub pixel rendering
> is turned ON. It is still absolutely
> readable and everything appeared like a 'full screen' miniature
> desktop equivalent of a big desktop PC.
> System > Appearance > Fonts get to the font settings
> in Ubuntu. On software like firefox and some other applications,
> need to also to set local use of fonts ( Edit > Preferences > Content
> will have font settings for firefox that also need to be changed).
> VirtualBox
> ----------
> Yes! VirtualBox can run on Ubutu set up with 3D translucent desktop.
> Install virtual box and then install programs like windopws XP and run
> it pretty much at it would run on a normal netbook. Its hard to tell
> if the netbook is running Linux or the WINDUMMY OSen when the software
> is run full screen becaue the speed and responsiveness is about
> the same between a real windummy OSen install and a virtual box
> virtual machine running it all in Linux.

OK, so you're an LINUX expert. Not an installation that everyone could
have done so easily, considering the missing CD/DVD drive on the system.
Things are always quick and easy for those who have the correct info.
But thanks for sharing your experience here. Using alternative OS is
always interesting. There is a world out there of alternative OS. Take
e.g. mobiles, they run various OS. I just got an LG970 for 34.99, and
it can read pdf and MS Word files with full graphics! Naturally, text
is small, but you can pan + zoom. Not ideal for reading docs, but
impressive nevertheless.
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