Smaller model laptops in combination with Kubuntu - request for advise?

Willy K. Hamra w.hamra1987 at
Fri Jul 4 20:51:47 UTC 2008

Nigel Ridley wrote:
> Jim wrote:
>> O. Sinclair wrote:
>>> Bas Roufs wrote:
>>>> Dear everybody
>>>> A few weeks ago, a laptop from me has been stolen again. That's why I am 
>>>> looking for a lighter/ smaller laptop model that is more easy to always 
>>>> carry with me, but which can be combined with Kubuntu.
>>>> At present, I am considering "ASUS Eeee PC", version 901 or version 
>>>> 1000. Both new versions  seem to become available in September.  Main 
>>>> technical specifications:
>>>> 1,6 Ghz processor (both models), 1 GB RAM (version 901) or 2 GB RAM 
>>>> (version 1000),  20 GB 'solid state disk' (version 901) or 40 GB 
>>>> (version 1000).
>>>> More technical details:
>>>> Both models are being sold along with the Linux distribution 'Xandros' 
>>>> (
>>>> Does anybody have any experience at all with some version of 'ASUS Eeee 
>>>> PC'? If you, did you already install Kubuntu on it? If so, how?
>>>> Are there any other smaller model laptops you could advise me in 
>>>> combination with Kubuntu?
>>> This is as yet not released but apparently Dell will release a 
>>> minilaptop "real soon now":
>>> and since Dell generally does a good job of supporting Ubuntu that could 
>>> be an interesting way to go.
>>> Sinclair
>> I have a eeePC 702 8gb 1gb and Fedora 9 installed on it , Fedora had all 
>> drivers for hardware, with the exception of
>> the Atheos wierless chipset  ,I downloaded 
>> madwifii-nr-r3366+ar5007.tar.gz and compiled and it work great including 
>> WEP. The wireless chipset is a ar5007eg . has a madwifi driver 
>> also.
>> The eeePC is much faster with the SSD,  than the MSI or Everex that has 
>> a standard harddrive. Everex Cloud is dog slow.
>> I would recommend  the eeePC 901 or 1000 because of the 20gb SSD, that 
>> would give you plenty of space to install any Linux distro.
>> I bought a ext. CD/DVD rom to install other OS and put in a 2gb memory 
>> for $41.00, speeded up noticeably .
> How many writes can the 'hard disk' take, considering that it's flash memory? Linux does write a 
> lot to 'hard disk'.
> Blessings,
> Nigel
I've heard that journalled file systems in particular write a lot to one
place on the disk, the journal, which fries up that area, so avoid
journalled file systems if you can.

Willy K. Hamra
Manager of Hamra Information Systems
Co. Manager of Zeina Computer & Billy Net
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