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

Willy K. Hamra w.hamra1987 at gmail.com
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:
>>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC
>>>>
>>>> Both models are being sold along with the Linux distribution 'Xandros' 
>>>> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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":
>>> http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9915094-1.html?tag=blog.1
>>>
>>> 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 . livna.org 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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