Experimenting with Ubuntu Netbook Remix

I have an Acer Aspire One, which I’m quite fond of. It’s surprisingly versatile or at least it is once I removed Linpus Linux Lite from it. I’ve nothing against Linpus, it has a purpose and most people are happy with it.

Arch Linux has been happily installed on it for several months now but thanks to a combination of curiosity, brand loyalty and the magic that is partimage ((I have a 16 Gb stick which boots System Rescue CD. Then I can happily create images using partimage.)) I decided to give Ubuntu Netbook Remix a bash.

So I grabbed the USB image (1 Gb) and a copy of Imagewriter (not 1 Gb), plugged it in, rebooted and left the rest to the gods of ACPI implementation if it would boot.

That turned out to be a mute point as its a text install which after warning that your hard disk is about to be overwritten proceeded to copy files across and there I left it to run.

Now a sensible person who is working full time, contributing to Ubuntu, training in the gym and studying at the OU would utilise this time productively. I played Call of Duty World at War on the PS3 instead (DougieWougie if you’re interested). I got through a two full HQ games and it was done so I guess that it takes between 20 and 30 minutes to copy across.

Well the boot screen looks cool, boots reasonably quickly too – not as quick as Arch but quick enough. A few questions (language, time zone, keyboard setup, account name, password and if automatic login is required) and we’re up and running. Well after a minute or so but this is the initial boot so that’s to be expected.

I like the interface. Well the first thing everyone checks is their wireless and I’m pleased to say it works out of the box which is a first for me with Linux and a real plus over Arch which was a pain in the backside because of a DHCP bug. The screen resolution is right and the fonts look very crisp.

This only leaves power management to worry about – suspend works, so does resume (even Network Manager re-establishes a connection).

OK I’m off to have a play. This has been the most painless install I’ve ever done. Congratulations to the UDR team.

3 Replies to “Experimenting with Ubuntu Netbook Remix”

  1. ..and window-picker-applet, despite being the best non-dock window switching mechanism on the linux desktop, remains tied to netbook usage, because obviously people with bigger screens don’t care how they use them..

  2. Actually, I mainly use exposé, but I haven’t figured out what compiz binary to edit to un-cripple it to ‘infringe’ on Apple’s imaginary property.. and it relies on 3d effects, which I don’t always have turned on at this point.

    xfce has a nice little panel applet, I may see where it is in 4.6

    To be fair, window-picker-applet can run on normal ubuntu, but they’re removing normal desktop features as fast as they’re adding them because you’re not /supposed/ to be using it without maximus.

  3. Hey,

    I’ve been using Ubuntu Netbook Remix for some time on my Eee pc and had noticed that the first-time configuration wizard would auto-run on boot. I haven’t checked more recent versions but if this is still the case then just take it off in the sessions menu.

    On the Eee the volume and wireless toggles don’t work out of the box but other than that it’s a cracking wee OS, enjoy!

    Oh and my pedantic point (have to include one!), it’s a moot point old chap 😉

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