EEE PC Chronicles, Episode 2

OK, I am supposed to be an expert user. I hate that "easy mode" desktop. That's for beginners. How do I get rid of it?

I thought of simply re-installing opensolaris 2008.05 over it. I work for Sun and it should be cooler than this easy mode thing. Then again, maybe I should check out the community first. So I searched and got blasted away with the communities. There is this nice article that hold people hands to "unleash" EEE PC. Download a script, open a terminal window, and run the script. After reboot, I "personalized" the machine to boot directly to full KDE. This is really more complicated than it should be.

But several programs from the easy mode can no longer be found. One of them is the video camera activator. I needed to switch back to easy mode for that. Hmm, not cool.

I then found a "locale_dialog" program to switch the default language to English. But somehow the desktop is still in Chinese, only FireFox and Thunderbird changed. This laptop is now getting more serious. I decided to buy a 16GB SD card (550rmb) and used it to move all my email folders over. Thunderbird happily recognized my local folders. That's cool.

I need my html editor to write blogs with. I found a bluefish software and use Debian's apt-get to download and install. This process requires opening an xterm and the sudo command. Xterm is much better in Chinese font handling than the easy mode "terminal."

Next episode, read my attempt to watch movie and listen to music on this computer. <script language="JavaScript"> TagStart() Technorati("EEE PC") TagEnd() </script>

Comments:

Just install OpenSolaris over it.
Upgrade to snv90 and almost everything should work out the box.
See:
http://opensolaris.org/os/community/laptop/wireless/ath/

Regards,
Edward.

Posted by EdwardOCallaghan on June 11, 2008 at 01:17 PM CST #

Edward O'Callaghan: "Just install OpenSolaris over it."

Absolutely agreed. (& you should consult with Sun's Indiana Discuss Forum instead of those hearsay-infested swap meets.)

But seriously, your version of the Asus EeePC comes with a combo of two different "grades" of SSDs. As per what your boss Java-san blogged today, nothing handles a hybrid of storage devices (EeePC 900 fits into this category) better than ZFS/OpenSolaris.

http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/not_a_flash_in_the

Once you have installed OpenSolaris 2008.05 and OpenOffice.org (vis the IPS, which, by the way, is great, next only to the sliced bread), you will find out almost immediately why OpenSolaris, at its current stage, has no chance of being widely accepted in China (or I should say, the Chinese-speaking world)--AND ONLY IN CHINA. All because of a very trivial problem. How pathetic!

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on June 11, 2008 at 08:24 PM CST #

W. Wayne Liauh, Could you please give detail description about issue in Chinese?

Posted by xue on June 16, 2008 at 04:22 PM CST #

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