[CentOS] 5.3 on an EeePC??

Beartooth Beartooth at comcast.net
Mon Apr 27 21:15:59 UTC 2009


On Mon, 27 Apr 2009 12:24:57 -0700, nate wrote:

> Beartooth wrote:
>>
>> 	I have an ASUS EeePC 701 (with 2GB of RAM and an 8 GB card), on
>> which I've installed CentOS on the hard-drive-plus-card. But it can't
>> even use my eth0.
>>
>>    Some one on a local LUG, where I had mentioned that other OSs did
>>    fine
>> with all the same exact hardware, suggested that CentOS, being designed
>> for stability rather than the bleeding edge, likely lacks drivers; so I
>> need to get some.
>>
>>    Anybody know what drivers (for wireless as well as ethernet cable) I
>> need, and how/where to get ones to fit CentOS??
> 
> Why do you want CentOS on an EeePC ? It's not really intended for that
> purpose, if your having to ask where to get the drivers for it your
> probably not suited for running CentOS on the EeePC. Your better off
> with Fedora, or Ubuntu or something that has broader hardware support.

	I have a strong if perhaps irrational preference for the .rpm 
family; I have indeed installed and run F8, F9, F10, and Eeedora on this 
machine. Unfortunately, until I can afford to replace it with a somewhat 
larger netbook, what's left of my eyeballs and fingers limits me to using 
it in waiting rooms, and not much of anywhere else.

	Given that limitation, speed of boot becomes a major criterion. 
F10 (and also, believe it or not, Pupeee) took *over* ten minutes -- yes, 
real sixty-second minutes; it's not a typo -- just to boot. And then had 
to find wifi.
 
> I installed Ubuntu 9.04 netbook remix on my EeePC 2G surf yesterday(onto
> a 4G SD card), it was pretty painless although the general UI has too
> much eye candy, so it is choppy. The wiki says future kernel updates
> should address some of the sluggishness.

	I've also been trying plain Ubuntu, Eeebuntu, Crunchbang, 
DreamLinux, and a couple more. 

	I'll run an OS of that ilk if I have to. 

	But for fifty-odd years, the Baby Boomers have trodden my heels, 
doing all I do a few years later. Some of them, even more than I, will be 
wanting a mature RedHat-type OS, well back from the bleeding edge, to 
enable them to check their email, etc., rather than thumb antediluvian 
magazines in waiting rooms.

	What's more, CentOS will be able to oblige them, once it gets up 
to something like present Fedora kernels. Why not a little sooner?

	And just in case, do please tell me where to get this ultra-
exemplary netbook remix, which I have somehow failed to encounter. (I 
think all my Ubuntoid OSs so far are 8-based.)
-- 
Beartooth Staffwright, PhD, Neo-Redneck Linux Convert
Remember I know precious little of what I am talking about.



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