The upgrades season continues … after upgrading my desktop I decided to give a try to the lastly released Ubuntu version also on the EEEPC. I so downloaded, using bittorrent, Ubuntu 9.10 NBR ISO image from here and prepared a bootable SD card using the utility provided in Ubuntu desktop. I then started the EEEPC from the SD card reader and had my first test run on the system.
The test run
Once started the live distribution I run a system test in order to verify that all the hardware was properly working. The test result has been positive: I have been able to use wireless network, audio, microphone, webcam and all of the special function keys.
Why to upgrade from EEEBuntu?
EEEBuntu is a great distribution, it worked fine since I installed it almost one year ago, but the only advantage it offers versus plain Ubuntu is hardware support. Now, once I verified the EEEPC 900 is fully supported by the new Ubuntu release, I have no reason to continue using a EEE specific distribution, regular Ubuntu distribution offers a definitively better freshness of updates (EEEBuntu is still based on Jaunty).
The installation process proceeded smoothly, I simply started the EEEPC from the SD card, I had already prepared for the test run, then I selected the install option in the boot menu. After answering the usual ritual questions the installation started and in a while I had my brand new system ready to run.
The boot time from the 16GB EEEPC 900 second hard disc is about 1'15”, which is not bad indeed, EEEBuntu needed a little more to fully start-up. At first I disabled the annoying applet (Maximus) that automatically maximizes all newly opened windows, made some desktop personalization (you know, I prefer cold colors themes) and installed FBReader and TrueCrypt. Here is how the system looks now.
After less than one year since my EEEBuntu installation many things are improved: my EEEPC is fully supported and I also managed to prepare the bootable USB media without the need of external application. I'm quite satisfied with the new system and I think that advantages of having a fully upgraded Ubuntu on my netbook are well worth the trouble of re-installing some application.
Not all is really working correctly: Ubuntu does not properly recognize battery capacity. I didn't notice it during install because I was installing without the battery inserted. I hope they will solve this bug soon but, in the meanwhile, I can live with it.