After buying an EEEPC in early 2008, I updated the computer several times. See the EEEPC Updates page for the most recent. This page shows older updates.
I kept the same operating system that came with the computer for a while. The operating system was a custom version of Linux called Xandros and came in a tabbed interface which I switched to a full desktop mode (KDE) installation option.
After a while, I could see that the original operating system was difficult to keep updated, so I decided to install a new operating system. In 2010, I installed an operating system called EasyPeasy (based on Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system) and used that for a while. In 2011, I installed Linux Mint Release 11 (based on Debian and Ubuntu). By 2014, although my Linux Mint installation was still working, it was no longer being supported, so I re-examined the issues involved in updating the EEEPC and installed Xubuntu (based on Ubuntu with the Xfce Desktop Environment) (See the EEEPC Updates page for this most recent update.)
The following sections cover previous operating systems I installed. These are no longer supported, so I wouldn't advise trying to install them. The information is kept here for reference. See the EEEPC Updates page for the most recent update. EasyPeasy is covered first, and then Linux Mint is discussed.
Note that I installed EasyPeasy 1.6. As of February 2014, I don't believe EasyPeasy is available anymore.
To install EasyPeasy, I went to the EasyPeasy Web site, and I started with the installation instructions. I used my Windows 7 desktop computer to prepare the installation file.
My impression was that EasyPeasy was a fast, easier-to-update, and easier-to-use operating system than what I'd had on the EEEPC.
I was not quite satisfied with the GNOME interface. I have become accustomed to a full desktop environment, so I installed the Xfce desktop environment:
However, after using Xfce, I decided that I missed the KDE (K Desktop Environment) that I used to have on the EEEPC when it had Xandros on it (the full desktop mode). So I went through the installation process again, this time with the goal of installing KDE on the EEEPC.
Important Note: my EEEPC has only a 4 GB hard drive. I was very careful to first remove open office and other software programs that I know I would not use. My goal was to make sure that installation of KDE would not fail due to low disk space.
On rebooting, on the login screen, I have the chance to go back to GNOME, but then GNOME was in a full desktop mode. With some modifications (moving the panel), I had a full-desktop:
The GNOME desktop loads very quickly and responds very quickly. The KDE desktop is more complicated, and I will likely reserve its use for more complex work. I made further efforts to remove software that I would not use so as to preserve as much of the 4 GB disk space as I could for browsing the Web and room for necessary operating system updates.
I have gotten very used to the Google Chrome browser, so I installed the version for Linux:
The Chrome browser download and installed in about 7 minutes. It works wonderfully--very fast. It is my default browser now. In the Chrome browser, I installed some extensions (Wrench Symbol->Tools->Extensions):
On the Mozilla Firefox browser, I installed the HTTPS Everywhere extension.
In using public WiFi hotspots, I don't recommend ever accessing sites that contain sensitive personal or financial information. If you access your email, make sure that you use the https protocol. I use a set of Surf Links (see about) for browsing Web sites on public WiFi networks. Essentially, I don't login to any password-protected site while using my computer on a public WiFi network such as in a Net Cafe.
After further customizations, I had the GNOME operating system working very well:
I had installed the Gufw firewall. I installed the audacious media player because I couldn't get the one that was pre-installed to work (it was too complicated--so I deleted it.)
I installed a neat World Sunlight map application to change my desktop wallpaper to an earth map every 30 minutes:
On using the EEEPC with EasyPeasy, after a while, I ran into problems with disk space available. My EEEPC has just 4 GB on its solid-state drive. I believe it may have had to do with Web browsers filling up their disk storage cache until all of the disk space was used. This led to problems in logging into the EEEPC. So I decided to reinstall EasyPeasy with minimal features--no desktop environments like the Xfce desktop environment or KDE. Even though I was able to install both environments (while also agressively deleting any applications I did not need), the disk space usage kept creeping up to the limits.
To install the minimal installation:
I ran this on a terminal session:
sudo apt-get clean
I restarted the system to make sure it still worked! After I connected the computer to a network, I ran System -> Update Manager. This updated the software that needed updating. There was a process of downloading the required updates, and then installing them. NOTE: this took a long time! It took me about 4 hours to download, install, and tweak the installations.
When you login to EasyPeasy, be sure to select the GNOME desktop option. This will give you the full desktop mode without having to install the Xfce or KDE:
I ran into problems with my EasyPeasy installation. While EasyPeasy worked very well when first installed, subsequent updates of the operating system eventually filled the 4 GB SSD (solid state drive). Although EasyPeasy didn't require that much space to operate, there needed to be more "wiggle room" on the hard drive to perform the updates. I didn't feel like doing a fresh install because it was so time-consuming. Instead, I installed the Linux Installation, Linux Mint 11 LXDE, which fits on the 4 GB Solid State Drive of the EEEPC: linuxmint.com/rel_katya_lxde.php. (NOTE: subsequent updates of Linux Mint LXDE have exceeded the 4 GB size of the SSD, so I will stick with this installation until it is no longer supported.)
The installation was very easy and fast (the whole process took less than 30 minutes) to install Linux Mint. Be sure to back up your personal data on your EEEPC before doing this.
Here is how I installed Linux Mint on my EEEPC.
One of the first customizations that I did with my Linux Mint installation was to
remove some of the programs that automatically start when the computer starts.
To do this, I needed
to edit the file
To edit this file, I used LXTerminal (Applications->Accessories). At the Linux prompt, I used the cd command to navigate to this directory:
john@john-701 $ cd /etc/xdg/lxsession/Minut-LXDE
(If you need to learn the very basics of linux directory structures and commands like cd, ls, and chmod, see my little course on Unix).
I saw the permissions on the autostart file:
In order to edit this file, I used the su (superuser) command to gain root permissions and then used chmod command to change permissions on the autostart file:
The key line here is:
john-701 Mint-LXDE # chmod 777 autostartThen I used the gedit program to edit and save changes to the autostart file. I entered a # in the first column to comment out the lines:
@mintupdate-launcherThe # symbol at the start of these lines makes them comments and thus the computer does not execute them on startup. After commenting out the lines and saving the autostart file, I change the permissions on the autostart file back to 755:
john-701 Mint-LXDE # chmod 755 autostart
Finally, I show the contents of the autostart file:
See the EEEPC Updates page for the most recent updates.