Eee PC With Ubuntu And Orca

I got an Eee PC for my birthday; one of those with 1GB on memory and 8GB of "solid state" disk. I played around with the kiosk-mode Linux that came with it. I know you can fairly easily get out of that mode, but as I really didn't want to learn yet another version of Linux, I decided to install Ubuntu Hardy on it.

I upgraded my previous created Ubuntu Gutsy bootable thumb drive to contain Hardy. These instructions helped out (thanks Ryan). I did the:

$ sudo lilo -M /dev/sdd

at the end just to be safe.

There's still some problems:

  • Battery Monitor: "Battery may be broken: Your battery has a very low capacity (1%) which ..."
  • Wireless connection not working.
  • Microphone not working.
  • SD card reader not working.
  • Webcam not working.

but I'll leave them for another day. Hopefully this page should be a great help in fixing some of them.

For now, I've just hooked up the Eee to an external monitor, USB keyboard and mouse. I'm using a wired network connection and I've plugged in a nice set of speakers. I've also installed all the updates from the network repositories to get this up to GNOME 2.22.2.

I followed the Orca setup instructions and installed the nice Cepstral Callie voice, and voila! I have Orca running on yet another computer.

The potential here is that it's running on such a nice small portable machine though.

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