[CentOS] 5.3 on an EeePC??

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Wed Apr 29 13:31:55 UTC 2009


Warren Young wrote:
> Beartooth wrote:
>   
>>> Why do you want CentOS on an EeePC ? 
>>>       
>> 	I have a strong if perhaps irrational preference for the .rpm 
>> family
>>     
>
> Me, too, and it's rational in my case.  I've experienced the whole range 
> of both sets of tools, from the ground up.  RPMs are simpler to build 
> than DEBs, and an rpm/yum-based system is easier to maintain than a 
> dpkg/apt-based one, considering just packaging issues.  It's true that I 
> have many more years experience with RPM based systems, but I've been 
> using Ubuntu now for about a year and a half, and my opinion isn't 
> shifting much any more.
>
> I think much of the hype about how great the Debian packaging system is 
> came from the days before they adopted yum, so Debian fans could point 
> to apt-get and say "Isn't it great to be able to install packages from 
> the net directly from the command line?"  Sure, once upon a time it was, 
> but today, the main distinction I draw between the two sets of tools is 
> that the Debian tools are more complex with no compensating benefit. 
> (There are even some things the simpler Red Hattish tools can do that 
> the Debian ones can't, easily.  rpm -qa, for one.)
>
> But, enough of the advocacy rant.  Though I use CentOS far more often 
> than I do Ubuntu, there are a few places where Ubuntu simply works 
> better.  One of those places is on my Eee 1000.  Take it from an RPM 
> fan: it's a poor reason to prefer CentOS for your netbook, unless your 
> goal is to feed patches back to Red Hat for future versions of the OS.
>
>   
>> speed of boot becomes a major criterion. 
>>     
>
> Ubuntu 9.04 greatly improved the boot speed relative to previous 
> versions of the OS.
>
> Separate from that effort, but speeding disk-heavy activities like 
> booting still further, Ubuntu 9.04 also includes ext4 support.  You have 
> to partition manually to enable it, but I recommend that for netbooks 
> anyway because that's also the only way to avoid having a swap 
> partition.  Swapping to flash is loony.
>   

Maybe, maybe not.

First my system is only 1Gb. Kind of on the 'thin' side, but this is a 
Netbook!

But more importantly is Hibernate to swap. I use this regularly. Suspend 
eats up your battery.


> Between these improvements and a few tweaks to the automatic service 
> startup list, my 1000 goes from the BIOS screen to a desktop in under a 
> minute.  I'm running the netbook remix version.
>
> Ubuntu 9.04 supports the Eee's power management features, too, so you 
> can sleep it and wake it back up reasonably quickly.
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