Overall, installing eeeBuntu Remix (Intrepid) onto an eeePC netbook went well enough but there were a few rough patches. The download went smoothly, I installed the create usb startup disk program from the standard repositories, and selected the iso file just downloaded. But … I had to install lilo and use it to repair the usb MBR before it would work.
sudo apt-get install lilo
(NB do not configure to use unless you actually want to replace GRUB)
lilo -M /dev/sdx
(replacing x with the letter of your flash device) sdb in my case
Plus the USB drive was detected sometimes and not others by the eeePC. [Later note – this may be relevant: “[On] my EEE PC 1000 the only bootable USB port is the one on the left side, the two on the right would not boot the USB at all.” (Full Circle 23 – http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-23/)]
Anyway, press Esc repeatedly at bootup to get access to the USB drive and boot into it.
Partitioning was interesting as there seemed to be half the harddrive set aside (for recovery, I think). I formatted that as linux swap. I’ll resize it later. The default seems to be shrinking XP (good) and using the second (of 3) partitions for eeeBuntu. I formatted that as ext3.
[Note from later ;)] install ntfsprogs to enable resizing ntfs partition etc.
sudo apt-get install ntfsprogs. I resized the windows partition drastically down from within eeebuntu and later used a live usb of gparted to resize and move the eeebuntu partition. The most recent versions of gparted live did not work but I succeeded with 0.3.7-7. NB this only worked in video safe mode (VGA).
To run all the upgrades you need to get the repositories working (now that GPG keys are required, which seems to be a recent development – http://forum.eeebuntu.org/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1701&p=6559).
If it is not you might get an error like:
W: A error occurred during the signature verification. The repository is not updated and the previous index files will be used.GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 3F2A5EE4B796B6FE
W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/netbook-remix-team/ubuntu/dists/intrepid/Release
Fortunately, the following worked for me:
sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 3F2A5EE4B796B6FE
The following may be useful as well: http://www.archive.org/download/LaunchpadAddingAPpasKeyToYourUbuntuSystem/launchpad-adding-key-for-signed-ppa.ogv
Before that I had to uninstall the flash nonfree package and reinstall it. But youtube is working perfectly now.
I also changed the icons under appearance to Gnome so that Thunderbird would have the correct icon.
The final thing was to get Skype installed. This required Medibuntu as per http://forum.eeebuntu.org/viewtopic.php?f=28&p=6542 and then a change to the Skype sound setup as per http://www.eeebuntu.org/release.html
BTW this entry was written and posted from the eeePC. The only real bad news is that it isn’t mine and I have to return it soon :-(.