Maverick Meerkat Ubuntu Version 10.10 & "tasksel"
Tasksel is a Debian/Ubuntu tool that installs multiple related packages as a co-ordinated "task" onto your system.
This function is similar to that of meta-packages, and, in fact, most of the tasks available from tasksel are also available as meta-packages from the Ubuntu package managers (such as Synaptic Package Manager or KPackageKit).
I first heard about this distro on Linux Outlaws podcast, checked out the EEE user forums and found poeple had got it installed on their Asus EEE's, so I decided to download and install on my 701. This is what the official website has to say about Crunchbang :-
"CrunchBang Linux" is an Ubuntu based distribution featuring the lightweight Openbox window manager and GTK+ applications. The distribution has been built and customised from a minimal Ubuntu install. The distribution has been designed to offer a good balance of speed and functionality."
*WARNING* Modifing your Eee will invalidate your warranty and can be destructive if not performed correctly, it is also addictive!
Now my shiny Eee is running Ubuntu nice and smoothly, it was time to invalidate the warranty and add some funky goodies in the shape of extra storage and bluetooth.
The 701 conveniently has some space next to the memory slot, and this is a great place to hide the newly added gadgets.
A quick trip to tesco's procured the necessary hardware
Ubuntu Studio 8.04 (Hardy Heron) 64Bit
Live DVD and Installation on one 1Gb disk
How to disable Shutdown and Reboot for low level users in Ubuntu
I have a Linux machine used by my Wife and children and I wanted to remove the ability for them to shutdown or reboot the PC when they log off. I normally am in the process of downloading or have others things running in another session, shutting down terminates any process or applications that are running in other sessions.
Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)Ubuntu.com Live CD and Installation on one 700Mb disk Version 7.10 is another great advance for the first time in this distro version we have Eye Candy already installed by default. Ok it's subtle and you may not notice at first any changes but it is different, with a better graphics card such as NVidia or ATI sometimes the Eye Candy is even more remarkable.
Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)Ubuntu.com Live CD and Installation on one 700Mb disk Version 7.04 was the best Version so far installation was indeed simple and little had changed or needed to from previous installer again this nearly installed on all hardware presented, including now the laptop's it's ability to detect hardware remained the same and only lacked on very new hardware, network connectivity where on PC Desktops flawless (The newer hardware as for the Dell Precision presented a bigger problem to overcome but this used both SATA and a
Ubuntu Version 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support) (Dapper Drake)Ubuntu.com Available as a two CD Set the Live CD version and Installable Version Version 6.06 was a great advance on it's predecessor Version 5.10 installation was much simpler and nearly installed on any hardware presented, it's ability to detect hardware and more importantly the network where also greatly improved. Distribution Upgrade from version 5.10 to Version 6.06 was abysmal and failed on all units that we tried them on.
Ubuntu Version 5.10 (Breezy Badger)Ubuntu.com Available as a two CD Set the Live CD version and Installable Version This was for all intense and purposes SoSLUG's first introduction to Mark Shuttleworths Linux concept and we loved it. Our original path was to install Gentoo onto our systems this we did with our and the MediaShed servers however this was never a viable option for our limited desktop systems. Ubuntu had everything we needed except suitable printer and shockwave flash support,
Ubuntu in our eyes has very much been a success story as far as we are concerned SoSLUG and the MediaShed then called the Jelliedeel Shed having had donated to it a number of redundant computers and screens for a "Grow Your Own Media Lab" hosted by Access Space in Sheffield and hosted by James Wallbank a Linux Lab was setup covering a three day period to introduce the concept of extending the life of old or redundant computers, these same computers would normally destined for land fill sites.