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Gutsy Gibbon Install on ASUS EEE

root@john-asus:/home/john/eee_gutsy_install# cat eee_gutsy_install.txt 
Following are notes to install Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy on an Asus Eee PC.  These notes and scripts are derived from:

 initial os install can be performed in quite a number of different ways.  There are choices to be made with respect to installation media, drive partitioning schemes, file system types, and even the location of the resultant os components.  Each of those choices comes with pros and cons. 

The outline below is simply based upon my choices and attempts to reduce writes to the flash drive.  For the time being, I will be using Ext2 for a filesystem, among other tricks.  This comes at a price in that the file system is subject to potential data loss during power failure ( and other catastrophes ).  I am willing to take this risk as the limitation of the eee's internal storage will likely dictate that I am keeping little of value on it in the first place.  

I may change this approach as I learn more about the volume of writes that a journaling filesystem requires.  If you feel more comfortable using a filesystem like Ext3, by all means, just substitute it at the appropriate place in this guide.

This guide now includes the new, interactive post-installer.  This script will handle most post-installation fixes.


* Load the Ubuntu 7.10 Alternate CD into a USB external CD/DVD drive ( connected to the eee of course )

* Upon boot, enter into the BIOS ( F2 ) and change the boot order.  F2 > Boot > Boot Device Priority
  1st Boot Device [ATAPI CD-ROM]
  2nd Boot Device [HDD: SM-SILICONMOTI]

* I have also changed the boot messaging from terse/splash screen to verbose. F2 > Boot > Boot Settings Configuration
  Quick Boot [DISABLED]
  Quiet Boot [DISABLED]

* Save changes and boot using the Ubuntu CD

* Install in text mode

* Partition method: manual
  - Delete all existing partitions
  - Create one partition consuming the entire disc with the following specs:
    Use as: Ext2 file system
    Format the partition: yes, format it
    Mount point: /
    Mount options: noatime
    Bootable flag: on
  - Continue without defining a swap space

* Don't select any X screen resolutions

* Complete the install

* Reboot to the internal drive ( remove the USB external CD/DVD drive )

* Login

* Gutsy should come up with Compiz, max screen resolution ( 800x480 ) and functional ethernet


* Fetch this help guide and unpack it.
  $ wget
 $ tar -xvf eee_gutsy_install.tar

* Run the new, interactive post-installer.  This script will selectively perform the following steps:
  Upgrade the os, reduce logging ( writes to the drive ), install wireless, repair suspend/resume/powerdown,
  and configure the microphone.
  $ cd eee_gutsy_install
  $ ./


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